Sunday, December 25, 2016

Image: Sita and Hanuman

Sita fears Hanuman,
(The David Collection)

From the Museum site: The Great Mughal Akbar was known for his religious tolerance, and he did what he could to give his fellow Muslims insight into Hindu culture. He had holy Hindu scriptures translated into Persian, and he presented the magnificent copy of the Ramayana from which this miniature comes to his mother in 1594. Sita, wife of the protagonist, Rama, has been captured by the evil demon Ravana. The artist displays unusually great psychological insight in dramatically depicting the moment when with horror Sita begins to doubt whether it really is her good friend, the monkey general Hanuman, standing before her.

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