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Hanuman Bringing the Mount of the Himalayas
Hanuman Bringing the Mount of the Himalayas with the Medicinal Roots to Restore the Dead of Rama's Troops

ca. 1780
7 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (18.7 x 26.7 cm)

Unknown, Indian
Indian

Full Title:Hanuman Bringing the Mount of the Himalayas with the Medicinal Roots to Restore the Dead of Rama's Troops
Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold and silver paint on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Helen H. Reiff in memory of Robert F. Reiff
Accession Number: 1983.39
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This miniature depicts a scene from the epic Hindu poem “The Ramayana.” In it, Rama (the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, the preserver of creation) and his army have been defeated by the demon king Ravana. The monkey Hanuman (Rama’s most devoted follower) has brought Mount Dronagiri and its medicinal herbs from the Himalayas in order to bring Rama and his army back to life. While Hanuman was flying through the sky with the mountain top, Rama’s brother Bharata saw something strange above and assumed it was a demon and shot his arrow at it. When Bharata learned of Hanuman’s mission he sent him on his way with his blessing.

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