A painting of Rama and Sita, from the Ramayana of Valmiki, Bahu School, Northern India, 18th century
A painting of Rama and Sita, from the Ramayana of Valmiki, Bahu School, Northern India, 18th century AD.
A painting depicting a scene from the Ramayana of Valmik, Rama, shown with blue skin, wearing a yellow dhoti, crown and strings of necklaces. Right hand held up in reassurance, left cupping the chin of Sita who sits opposite. Sita shown in orange sari leaning against a bolster. Both figures seated in a pavilion with ornamental cornice and arch brackets. To the inside two niches with vases, figures seated on a rug with floral pattern. On the veranda of the pavilion two maids sit talking, one leaning against a bolster. To the foreground two large pots on a stand, bird in a cage to the centre, vase in tray by steps. To the back of the maids a large flowering tree.
The Ramayana is a Hindu epic recounting the struggle of Rama, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. The work is traditionally attributed to the poet Valmiki, and outlines the duties of relationships via the ideal king, wife, servant and society. The piece is interspersed with philosophical and ethical teachings.
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