Kaikeyi Reminds Dasharatha About the Sacrifice of King Bali, from a Ramayana

Kaikeyi Reminds Dasharatha About the Sacrifice of King Bali, from a Ramayana

c. 1710

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.142

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King Dasharatha is shown twice at the left: speaking with his wife and swooning on hearing her demand to send Rama into exile.

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A large portion of this composition is dominated by the episode of Vishnu’s manifestation as Trivikrama in Raja Bali’s sacrifice. Vishnu stands monumentally with his one foot on the ground and the other foot reaching to heaven where Brahma washes Vishnu’s foot with Ganges water in devotion. Raja Bali is shown giving the sacrifice to Vamana, the brahmin incarnation of Vishnu.

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