Gods, Rishis, and Demons at the Feast of Rama’s Birth, from a Ramayana

Gods, Rishis, and Demons at the Feast of Rama’s Birth, from a Ramayana

c. 1810

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 27.7 x 39.4 cm (10 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.); Image: 23.5 x 34.7 cm (9 1/4 x 13 11/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.121

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Vishnu is the only god with a gold halo, since Rama is his incarnation.

Description

The women’s quarters of a palace occupies the right side of the composition. On the left, in the courtyard, gods, including the four-headed Brahma, blue Vishnu, Indra with eyes all over his body, and Shiva with snakes in his hair who sits closer to the demons, feast on large platters of rice brought to them by servants. The depiction of the feast is inspired from an ancient Pahari feast called Dhām.

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