Mar 24, 2014

Khadgaroma, Son of Ravana

Khadgaroma, Son of Ravana

c. 1720

Gum tempera, ink, and hand-colored silver paper appliqué on paper

Overall: 39.7 x 27.6 cm (15 5/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2001.163


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The silver appliqué, which was likely mixed with the yellow pigment gamboge, imitates gold.


Blades fan around the figure of this demon, illustrating the meaning of his name: he whose “body hair is swords.” To further emphasize his favorite weapon, he clutches a broad curving sword in his right hand. The inscription at the bottom identifies him by name in the local language of Telugu, but a section has been pasted upside down, indicating that the owner of this page did not read the script. The inscription has been translated into French at the top. Territories in southern India were under French colonial control from 1692 to 1761.

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