Gum tempera and ink on paper
Image: 18.5 x 28.7 cm (7 5/16 x 11 5/16 in.); Page: 20 x 30.4 cm (7 7/8 x 11 15/16 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2002.6
This painting remains slightly unfinished, without the final touches of gold.
In front of their hut, a priest and his wife announce to the four princesses of Mithila that they are to marry the princes of Ayodhya. Sita, who will become the wife of the hero Rama, is probably the figure wearing the white flowered garment, since she stands out the most against the saturated ochre background. Had the painting been finished, gold would have been applied to the jewelry and other accouterments.
Lacking in spatial depth and ground plane, the scene is set and dramatized by means of bold color, overlapping textures, expressive gestures, and intense gazes.
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