AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE SHANGRI RAMAYANA, STYLE II: KING DASHARATHA INSTRUCTS BHARATA AND SHATRUGHNA BAHU (JAMMU), CIRCA 1690

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AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE SHANGRI RAMAYANA, STYLE II:
KING DASHARATHA INSTRUCTS BHARATA AND SHATRUGHNA
BAHU (JAMMU), CIRCA 1690

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AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE SHANGRI RAMAYANA, STYLE II:
KING DASHARATHA INSTRUCTS BHARATA AND SHATRUGHNA
BAHU (JAMMU), CIRCA 1690
Opaque watercolor on paper;
Book II: Ayodhya Kanda, v. 1-3
Inscribed above in Takri with number 1.
Image: 7 3/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (19.5 x 29.1 cm);
Folio: 8 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (22.5 x 31.7 cm)

Footnotes

  • This scene from the first page of Book II shows Dasharatha giving formal instructions to his sons Bharata and Shatrughna to escort their uncle, Yudhajit, who had been visiting the court. The scene directly following this page and numbered "2" in the Polsky Collection, is detailed in Topsfield, In The Realms of Gods and Kings, New York, 2004, p.129, no.48.

    This important Ramayana series, found at Shangri in Kulu (a large state deep in the Himalayas, north of Mandi and east of Basohli and Kangra), where a branch of the Kulu royal family settled in the 19th century, has intrigued and fascinated scholars and collectors alike since it was discovered by M. S. Randhawa in 1956. Recently, Goswamy and Fischer questioned Archer's attribution to Kulu but accepted his dating and the broad stylistic groupings. They made a strong case that the first two groups of pictures were probably painted in Bahu, a small state, for Raja Kripal Dev (r. c.1660-90) and his son Anand Dev (r. c.1690-1730). The lot is from the second group and is probably created by the same artist responsible for several others, now in various collections (Goswamy & Fischer, Pahari Masters, Zurich, pp.88-90, nos.31-33). Other leaves are in the National Museum, New Delhi; the Bharat Kala Bhavan, Benares; the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum, and several important private collections.

    For another work also formerly from the Roerich Collection, see Francesca Galloway, Into the Indian Mind, 2014, no.26. Another page from the series in the Kronos Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of art is published in McInerney, et al., Divine Pleasures, New York, 2016, p.137, no.42.

    Provenance
    Sviatoslav Roerich, Collection
    German Private Collection since 1984
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