Illustration to the Ramayana, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Udaipur, circa 1710
Lot 1205
Illustration to the Ramayana: Lakshman ask Rama to explain why there is discord in the region Udaipur, circa 1700-10
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Illustration to the Ramayana: Lakshman ask Rama to explain why there is discord in the region
Udaipur, circa 1700-10
Numbered '51' from Book III of the Tulsi Ramayan.
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; the devenagari script in the top register provides a perfect description for the setting. The tiger is angry and attacking, the snake is angry and attacking, the elephant is angry and out of control. The Laskhman requests that Rama explain to the women why is there all this discord.
Page: 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (26.6 x 41.9 cm)

Footnotes

  • These two pages (lots 1205 and 1206) are from a dispersed series that can found in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Walker and Smart, Pride of the Princes, 1985, no. 28 and another is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M86.345.3) formerly in the Paul Walter Collection, see Pal, The Classical Tradition in Rajput Paintings 1978, no. 27, pp. 100-101. Ten pages are in the Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena and four more are in the Ducrot collection, see Ducrot, Four Centuries of Rajput Painting, 2009.

    Other related pages from the same period are in The Walters Museum, Baltimore, see Pal, Ford Collection, 2001, no. 58, p. 130; Topsfield, Court Paintings at Udaipur, 2001, no. 65, p. 97; Brooklyn Museum of Art, see Poster, Realms of Heroism,1994, nos. 166 and 168, pp. 212 and 215; Davidson, Art of the Indian Subcontinent from Los Angeles Collections, 1967, no. 118, p. 79.

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    Private Collection, California
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