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Ravana addresses Sita in the garden of Lanka, from Chapters 53 and 54 of the Aranya Kanda (Book of the Forest) of a Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

Ravana addresses Sita in the garden of Lanka, from Chapters 53 and 54 of the Aranya Kanda (Book of the Forest) of a Ramayana (Rama’s Journey)

c. 1725

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Image: 55.5 x 79 cm (21 7/8 x 31 1/8 in.); Page: 56.3 x 81 cm (22 3/16 x 31 7/8 in.)

Gift of George P. Bickford 1966.143

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Ravana’s wives take the forms of beautiful women and fearsome demonesses.

Description

The demon king Ravana, the villain of the epic Ramayana, has 10 heads and 20 arms and lives on the golden island of Lanka. He is shown twice in this painting: enthroned with demon guards at left and approaching the heroine Sita at right, whom he has abducted and imprisoned. Guarded by demonesses, Sita sits steadfast in her refusal to become his queen and to remain faithful to her husband Rama.

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