Illustration from the Shangri Ramayana, Bahu/Jammu c. 1700-1710
Lot 1182
An Illustration to the 'Shangri' Ramayana: Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva And Vibhishana being led by the monkey army Bahu or Jammu circa 1700-17
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An Illustration to the 'Shangri' Ramayana: Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva And Vibhishana being led by the monkey army
Bahu or Jammu circa 1700-17
Opaque watercolor on paper; the troop emerges from a ravine in the mountains into an open field of yellow. Two pairs of monkey soldiers occupy the upper and lower left corners and serve as the scouting party.
Image 7 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (18.5 x 30 cm.) Folio 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (21.5 x 31.8 cm.)

Footnotes

  • W. G. Archer distinguishes four styles within the series; see Archer, 1968, pp. 76-81, and the current work is from a relatively small group in what he terms 'Style III.' Other leaves from this series are in the National Museum, New Delhi, Bharat Kala Bhavan, Benares, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and several important private collections. Also see Randhawa, 1959, pls. 16 & 18; Beach, 1966, no. 178, p. 135; and Archer, 1973, vol. I, pp. 325-9 and vol. II, pls. 1-5, pp. 238-243.


    Provenance:
    Royal Mandi Collection
    Private German Collection, 1969
    Sotheby's, New York, April 1, 2005, lot 108.
    Private Collection, New York
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