Rama with Sita and Lakshmana in a landscape
Pigments and gold on paper
India, Pahari, circa 1830
Height: 23; Width: 19 cm
Provenance: formerly in the George Sheridan collection, acquired between 1950 and 1980
Rama, seventh avatar of lord Vishnu, is the main character from the Ramayana written by Valimiki, one of the most important Indian epics, full of many lively adventures.
Here Rama, his beloved Sita and Lakshmana are depicting dressed in a very simple way in a hermitage during their exile in the forest.
Following a boon, made by his father king Dasaratha to his wife Kaikeyi, the king had to banish his son from the throne and to send him for an exile of fourteen years in the forest.