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    First Night in Exile, Page from a Dispersed Ramayana Series

    This painting illustrates the story of Prince Rama, who is wrongly exiled from his father’s kingdom, accompanied only by his wife and brother. On their first night outside of the palace the three royals have to sleep on the ground in outfits made of leaves. Rama’s brother (with white skin) talks with the leader of a forest-dwelling tribe, whose men bring provisions. The image was created in brighter shades, as was typical for Indian painting, and then the artist applied a thin wash of bluish-gray over the entire surface, like a veil or curtain, to create the effect of the gloom of night.

    • Culture: Indian
    • Medium: Opaque watercolor on paper
    • Dates: ca. 1775-1780
    • Dimensions: sheet: 9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (24.4 x 35.2 cm) image: 7 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. (20.0 x 30.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 80.181
    • Credit Line: Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Indian. First Night in Exile, Page from a Dispersed Ramayana Series, ca. 1775-1780. Opaque watercolor on paper, sheet: 9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (24.4 x 35.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Kaywin Lehman Smith, 80.181
    • Image: overall, 80.181_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (66%)
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    11:03 02/26/2011
    The open lands are our home now, Sirs; and I, Lakshmana, guard my elder brother and his wife with devotion and love. My brother embraces exile at my father’s command and there is no ill-will in my brother’s heart. Fourteen years is his exile, Sirs. O, he walks this earth as innocent as the cool evening breeze that comforts the creatures. He walks this earth as the stars inspire poets. And the very utterance of his name, Rama – is cool in one’s being as the fresh water that thirsty beings seek. And his love grows on the earth as the verdant grass does; and so it is, Sirs, that I, Lakshmana, serve my brother and his pure wife, and I go where he goes…

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