Gum tempera, graphite, tin, and ink on paper
Painting: 45.5 x 27.5 cm (17 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)
Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.152
Rama wields the divine bow of Vishnu, which is why he is shown with an arrow in his right hand.
Rama and Sita sit enthroned under a royal parasol held by Rama’s brother Lakshmana. A diminutive Hanuman kneels before them in adoration. The stunning mix of vibrant color animates the otherwise static scene. The local Indian artists who created inexpensive paintings for visitors to the temple at Kalighat were accustomed to creating rapid watercolor paintings with collapsed perspectives and flat backgrounds. Since their workshops were near the British colonial capital of Calcutta (now Kolkata), they were aware of British fashions, such as the Prince Albert mustache.
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