Friday, December 23, 2016

Image: The death of Dasaratha

The death of Dasaratha
circa 1605
(Image sourceMetropolitan Museum)

From the Museum site: King Dasharatha emerges in the Ramayana as essentially a noble character, though flawed by the weakness that allowed him to be swayed by his second wife Kaikeyi, whose ambitions for her own son caused the king to banish the crown prince Rama for fourteen years. Having succumbed to this pressure, Dasharatha, plagued by regrets, took to his sickbed, where he eventually died of grief. The sorrow of his queens and female attendants is conveyed by their disheveled hair and by the cradling of their cheeks in their hands.

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