An Illustration to a Ramayana Series: Rama and Lakshmana confer with the monkey army
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Kangra or Guler, Late 18th century
In a seemingly passive scene Rama and Lakshmana confer with the money generals in a field strewn with spent arrows, to the right the monkeys battle with general Indrajit in the foreground, and the retreat of general back to the Lanka fort behind. In the back center another battle scene shows Indrajit faking the death of Sita while a number of monkeys cower against the hills at the thought of the loss, the golden Lanka fort above shows a diminutive figure of Ravana.
image: 8 x 12 in. (20.5 x 30.5 cm), folio: 10 x 14 in. (25.3 x 35.5 cm)