13th century
Asia: India, Tamil Nadu
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Hanuman is the devout follower of Rama, one of Vishnu's avatars, or reincarnations. His story is recounted in the epic Ramayana, a sacred text of the Hindus. In the epic, Hanuman is a great simian hero who helps Rama rescue his wife, Sita, who has been captured by the demon-king Ravana. Sita is represented in art usually as Rama's spouse, but Hanuman has become the focus of an independent cult.


  • Title: Hanuman
  • Date: 13th century
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 19-1/4 x 6-1/2 in. (48.9 x 16.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.45.05.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, no. 197 p. 273
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 870 p. 346
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