Rama, Lakshmana and Sita walking on the path to Chitrakuta, folio from a Ramayana

Historical period(s)
ca. 1680-1690
Mewar school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 25.4 × 40.5 cm (10 × 15 15/16 in) H x W (overall): 25.4 × 40.5 cm (10 × 15 15/16 in)
India, Rajasthan, Udaipur, Mewar
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
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India, Lakshmana, landscape, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, Rama, Ramayana, Sita
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Sam Fogg, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Catherine Glynn Benkaim


Amidst a series of colorful land fantastically imagined trees, the three protagonists wander along the banks of a lotus-strewn river. A pair of cranes and two deer, along with many ducks swimming in the river, adds to the natural element of the scene. Birds and bees abound within the trees.

Rama addresses Sita: “...see the blossoming trees on every side, like unto flaming torches! Look at the Kimshuka Trees with their diadem of flowers; winter is at an end! Here are the Bhallatakas and Bilvas little valued by men; they are bowed under the weight of flowers and fruit, which one cannot eat. O Lakshmana, see the honey the bees have left hanging on each tree, which is gathered in jars. The Natyuha is calling and the Shikhin replies in this ravishing wood , that is carpeted with flowers.…This wonderful and level place that is covered with innumerable trees and is pure, this Chitrakuta Wood would be a pleasant dwelling place for us, O Friend.”

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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