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Angada delivers Rama's message to Ravana

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  • Description

    Few of the large scale paintings of the ‘Siege of Lanka’ series were ever completed. Its subject is Rama’s siege of Lanka, where his wife Sita had been imprisoned by the demon king Ravana in his golden fortress. In this partly finished work, the monkey prince Angada leaps across to the fort and delivers Rama’s ultimatum to Ravana. Rama and his monkey and bear allies watch from a hillside.

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    Siege of Lanka
    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Guler (place of creation)
    c. 1725
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 73.8 x 98.1 x 2.6 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 58.5 x 83 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 67 on p. 158, p. 19, illus. p. 159

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