Before Rama and Lakshmana, Sugriva grieves for the death of Bali, folio from a Ramayana

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1630
  • Geography

    Malwa, Madhya Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 17.8 × 22.9 cm (7 × 9 in)
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Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Malwa school
  • Description

    Rama and Lakshmana kneel on a striped dhuri, against a red background. On the right Sugriva and a monkey attendant emerge from a grove of palm trees. Sugriva kneels, head down and arms outstretched.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: sugriva ne preeti tilya ramju ski jo tuma ek van so saton tad bhedo to vali mari Samarth ho
    In a different hand: yeh pano pachpan ko (this is the fifty-fifth leaf)
    Sugriva learned from Rama how to kill Bali with one arrow and how to kill seven with one arrow- Rama says if you kill seven with one arrow then you can kill Bali …trans: Shagufta Parekh
    Devanagari numbers: 55
    Devanagari numbers: 55
  • Provenance

    To 1979
    Stuart Cary Welch (1928-2008), Warner, New Hampshire, Cambridge, Massachusetts [1]
    To 1979
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, New York [2]
    From 1979 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, New York in May 1979 [3]
    From 2001 to 2008
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim after his death in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [4]
    [1] It is unknown when Stuart Cary Welch purchased this painting.
    [2] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Stuart Cary Welch (1928-2008)
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd.
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Malwa, Madhya Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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