Monday, December 26, 2016

Image: Rama and Lakshmana Meet Sugriva

Rama and Lakshmana Meet Sugriva
(British Library: Mewar Ramayana)

From the Library site: Rama and Laksmana have come upon the great monkey Hanuman, son of the wind god and minister to Sugriva, the exiled king of the monkeys. Sugriva's kingdom and wife have been stolen by his brother Bali. Hanuman has brought Rama and Laksmana into the presence of Sugriva on the Risyamuka mountain. Rama and Sugriva swear friendship, clasping hands and walking round a sacred fire kindled by Hanuman, and afterwards promise each other help: Sugriva to recover his kingdom and Rama his wife. Rama and Laksmana are now depicted without their bark garments. Instead they wear skirts of leaves or animal skins with scarves wound round their upper bodies in the Deccani fashion.

Detail: Rama listens to Sugriva's story
and vows friendship to Sugriva.

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