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Vali and Sugriva Fighting, Folio from the Dispersed 'Shangri Ramayana'

Asian Art

This painting is from a large series of illustrations narrating one of Hinduism’s great epics, the Ramayana. Much of the story takes place in the wilderness, where the hero, Rama, has been exiled. While there, Rama befriends a monkey, Sugriva, who wishes to overthrow his own brother to become king of the monkeys. This painting shows the pivotal battle between Sugriva and his brother, Vali, with Rama (with blue skin) looking on. Sugriva will eventually win when Rama shoots Vali with an arrow. Paintings from this series are characterized by their lively figures, which are almost always set against single-color backdrops with minimal indication of location (here, a single tree).
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor on paper
  • Place Made: Punjab Hills, India
  • DATES ca. 1700-1710
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 8 x 12 1/4 in. (20.3 x 31.1 cm) image: 6 15/16 x 11 1/16 in. (17.6 x 28.1 cm)
    INSCRIPTIONS Verso, upper left, in black ink, in Sanskrit, in Takri script: Shri Kishkindha; middle left, in black ink, in Takri script: 34
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Peter Findlay
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