Mar 18, 2014

Hanuman with Rama and Lakshmana on his Shoulders

Hanuman with Rama and Lakshmana on his Shoulders

c. 1890

Watercolor, graphite, ink, and tin on paper

Painting only: 45.7 x 29.4 cm (18 x 11 9/16 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.120



Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Rama, is portrayed carrying Rama and his brother Lakshmana. Rama, his skin colored green, is on Hanuman’s right shoulder while Lakshmana rides on his left. Hanuman is carrying them to Sugreeva, king of the monkeys, who was to help them in their search for the abducted Sita. Hanuman is the devotee par excellence.

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