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Vibhishana in the camp of Rama

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  • Description

    Vibhishana (‘Terrifying’) was the more righteous brother of Ravana, demon king of Lanka, who abducted Rama’s wife Sita. When Rama and his monkey and bear allies besieged Lanka, Vibhishana failed to dissuade Ravana from fighting and went over to Rama’s side. He kneels before the recumbent god, who is receiving a foot-massage from the monkey-god Hanuman. The monkey and bear warriors look on, groom themselves or sleep.

  • Details

    The Story of Rama
    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Sawar (place of creation)
    c. 1700
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 78 x 56.9 cm (height x width)
    painting 36.5 x 41 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 93 on p. 220, p. 218, illus. p. 221

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