Folio from a Ramayana Manuscript: Marriage Festivities

Folio from a Ramayana Manuscript: Marriage Festivities
Place Made:
India: Himachal Pradesh, Kangra Workshop or Uttaranchal, Garhwal Workshop
c. 1825
Opaque watercolor on paper 
image: 9-3/8 x 13-1/2 in. (23.8 x 34.3 cm); sheet: 11 x 15-1/4 in. (27.9 x 38.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View

The bustling activity depicted in this painting is the preparation for the impending wedding of Rama and Sita, and specifically their fathers' meetings with the family priests. Rama's father, Dasaratha, appears in the center of the painting with a white beard and yellow clothing; he is conversing with the family priest. Below this scene, Dasaratha is shown again offering cows to a group of brahmans, and yet a third time to the right seated within a royal tent. Sita's father, Janaka, can be seen to the left, with a mauve-colored robe and a dark beard. The bride and bridegroom are included in the scene as well are depicted in separate tents with their companions, above the tent with Rama's father. Along the bottom of the painting, trunks filled with wedding gifts arrive at the palace.

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