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

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.

Historical period(s)
ca. 1630
School
Malwa school
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 17.8 × 22.9 cm (7 × 9 in)
Geography
India, Madhya Pradesh state, Malwa
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Collection
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Accession Number
S2018.1.70
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
India, Lakshmana, monkey, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, Rama, Ramayana, Surya
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd.
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Stuart Cary Welch 1928 - 2008

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.

Inscription(s)

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

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Rights Statement

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