Mar 18, 2014

Rama and Sita Enthroned with Lakshmana and Hanuman Attending

Rama and Sita Enthroned with Lakshmana and Hanuman Attending

c. 1890

Watercolor, graphite, and ink on paper

Secondary Support: 47.8 x 29 cm (18 13/16 x 11 7/16 in.); Painting only: 45.5 x 27.5 cm (17 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.152



Rama is shown enthroned next to his wife, Sita. Rama’s brother Lakshmana holds an umbrella above the couple while Hanuman, archetypal devotee of Rama, sits with hands clasped together at their feet. Both Rama and Lakshmana sport Prince Albert hairstyles, thus integrating prevailing Bengali style with traditional images.

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