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Rama's forest dwelling in Panchavati

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  • Description

    In the Ramayana epic, the divine prince Rama is exiled from his homeland of Ayodhya as the result of family intrigue. With his wife Sita and half-brother Lakshmana, he leaves the court to wander in distant forests. Eventually they make their home in the Panchavati region, where Lakshmana builds them a mud and grass hut. But the artist shows this as an ornate palace befitting a prince, adorned with arabesque decoration and chequered tiling.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndia north India (place of creation)
    Date
    c. 1605
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Associated people
    probably Bir Singh Deo Bandila (active c. 1605) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    Dimensions
    frame 38.7 x 29.1 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 29 x 19 cm (height x width)
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    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
    Accession no.
    LI118.12
  • 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. 8 on p. 38, p. 17, illus. p. 39

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    • currently in research collection

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