Saturday, January 14, 2017

Image: Lava and Kusa

Lava and Kusha, the sons of Rama
early 19th century
(British Museum)

From the Museum site: Watercolour painting on paper of Lava and Kusa, the sons of Rāma. Both figures are shown standing and have two arms and blue skin. They wears yellow dhotis and are crowned. Lava, on the left is shown holding a bow and arrow with a yellow shawl draped over his shoulders. Kusa, on the right is shown holding a bow and a flower with a red shawl over his shoulders. Both men wear necklaces, armlets and have sectarian marks drawn on their arms and chests. Lava is shown wearing wooden sandals on his feet whilst Kusa is barefoot.

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