Illustration to the Ramayana: Lakshmana Pulls a Thorn from Rama's Foot



Illustration to the Ramayana: Lakshmana Pulls a Thorn from Rama's Foot


late 18th Century




Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
Image: 9 x 6 1/2 in. (22.9 x 16.5 cm)
Page: 9 1/4 x 7 in. (23.5 x 17.8 cm)

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This illustration to the Ramayana is an intimate miniature painted scene from the Indian epic of the Ramayana. As a result of palace intrigue, Rama has been banished from his rightful throne for 14 years. In solidarity and service, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana have followed him into exile. In this scene, Lakshmana tenderly removes a thorn from his brother Rama's foot as the latter steadies himself, his hand upon Hanuman's shoulder. This brotherly act of compassion takes place in a calm forest setting with a golden-hued sky as backdrop. The figures are rendered with great delicacy and artfulness, their hair streaked with gold to match the sky.

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Gift of Jayantilal K. and Geeta J. Patel & Family to further the study of Hinduism


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, February 22, 2013 - October 27, 2014
MCCM Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2012.


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2012.
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