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Rama and Lakshmana Confer with Sugriva about the Search for Sita, Page from a Dispersed Ramayana Series

Asian Art

After Sita’s abduction, Rama roams the forest looking for her. He meets a group of monkeys, led by Sugriva, and gains their loyalty when he helps them to overthrow Sugriva’s brother, the king of the monkeys. In an early meeting with the monkeys, Rama proves his might by kicking the corpse of an enormous demon, causing it to fly a long distance. Later, after Sugriva has assumed his brother’s throne, he meets with Rama and Lakshmana to resume the search for Sita. He sends his monkeys (and one bear) to the four corners of India, here represented by the four corners of the painting.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES ca. 1700-1710
DIMENSIONS sheet: 7 7/8 x 12 in. (20.0 x 30.5 cm) image: 6 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (16.2 x 26.7 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Lengthy passage from Valmiki's Ramayana, corresponding to the subject of the painting, in Sanskrit. Twice, in Devanagari, the number 35, indicating that this is folio 35 from the manuscript.
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Indian. Rama and Lakshmana Confer with Sugriva about the Search for Sita, Page from a Dispersed Ramayana Series, ca. 1700-1710. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 7 7/8 x 12 in. (20.0 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster, 85.220.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.220.1_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 85.220.1_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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