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May 7, 2010
May 7, 2010
May 7, 2010

Sita in the Garden of Lanka, From the Ramayana epic of Valmiki

Sita in the Garden of Lanka, From the Ramayana epic of Valmiki

c. 1725

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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

Gift of George P. Bickford 1966.143



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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