"Rama Receives Sugriva and Jambavat, the Monkey and Bear Kings", Folio from a Ramayana

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: ca. 1605

Geography: Attributed to India

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Painting: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Page: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.503


Prince Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana was won with the aid of the monkey and bear armies. Here, the blue-skinned Rama is seated in front of a curved pavilion with the monkey and bear kings, Sugriva and Jambavat, who stand before him with folded hands. The page comes from a copy of the Ramayana probably made for the Mughal courtier Bir Singh Deo of Datia.