Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

King Dasharatha sends his chief minister Sumantra to summon Rama, from Chapter 16 of the Ayodhya Kanda (Book of Ayodhya), folio 18 of a “Shangri” Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

King Dasharatha sends his chief minister Sumantra to summon Rama, from Chapter 16 of the Ayodhya Kanda (Book of Ayodhya), folio 18 of a “Shangri” Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

c. 1690–1710

Gum tempera and ink on paper

Page: 22.5 x 32.7 cm (8 7/8 x 12 7/8 in.)

Gift of Norman Zaworski in honor of Sherman and Ruth Lee 1996.361

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Dasharatha’s chief wife Kaushalya, mother of Rama, kneels on the golden stool.

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Seated upon a golden stool before her husband, Queen Kaushalya agrees that the time has come for him to retire and their son Rama to be crowned king of Ayodhya. King Dasharatha gestures to his minister to fetch Rama so they can give him the news of their decision. The scene takes place in the private apartments of the palace, guarded by a stern staff-bearer at the door. In the top margin, the number “18” is written in Takri, the regional script used in the western Himalayas.

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