Monday, December 26, 2016

Image: Rama's Chariot Leaves Ayodhya

Rama's Chariot Leaves Ayodhya
(British Library: Mewar Ramayana)

From the Library site: Rama, his wife and brother, dressed in the clothes of bark that Kaikeyi has made them put on, ride off in a chariot driven by Sumantra and surrounded by the townspeople. Dasaratha emerges from his palace and goes through the gate of the city surrounded by his queens. Dasaratha and Kausalya according to Valmiki's text hurry after the chariot until Rama, unable to bear the sight, has to tell Sumantra to quicken his pace so that they would be left behind. The artist Sahib Din has the king simply make a grand gesture of farewell.

Detail: Dasharatha

Detail: Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana

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