Mar 15, 2013

Sugriva, King of the Forest Dwellers

Sugriva, King of the Forest Dwellers

c. 1800

Gum tempera, ink, and hand-colored silver paper appliqué on paper

Page: 35.5 x 23.5 cm (14 x 9 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ward 1975.73


Did you know?

Sugriva’s feet extend past the frame, giving this image a greater sense of depth and immediacy.


The seated Sugriva presents the abhaya mudra, or the “fear not” gesture, with his right hand. Sugriva served as Rama’s faithful ally during the war against Ravana.
The graphic use of line and shading, as well as the portrayal of a single figure from the Hindu epic Ramayana, characterize paintings made as souvenirs for pilgrims to a South Indian temple. Made to be affordable, strips of paper colored with silver paint mixed with yellow pigment were applied to the crown and jewelry in imitation of gold.

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