May 25, 2016

Gods, sages, and demons feast, as the gods decide that Vishnu will incarnate as King Dasharatha’s sons, from Chapters 14–15 of the Bala Kanda (Book of Childhood) of a Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

Gods, sages, and demons feast, as the gods decide that Vishnu will incarnate as King Dasharatha’s sons, from Chapters 14–15 of the Bala Kanda (Book of Childhood) of a Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

c. 1810

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 27.7 x 39.4 cm (10 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.); Image: 23.5 x 34.7 cm (9 1/4 x 13 11/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.121

Location

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The Pahari artist has depicted a local feast called Dhām prepared by hereditary Brahmin chefs.

Description

The women’s quarters of a palace occupy the right side of the composition. On the left, in the courtyard, gods, including the four-headed Brahma, blue Vishnu, Indra with eyes all over his body, and Shiva with snakes in his hair who sits closer to the demons, feast on large platters of rice brought to them by servants. The depiction of the feast is inspired from an ancient Pahari feast called Dhām.

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