Rama, Sita and Lakshmana Return to Ayodhya
11 1/4 x 17 15/16 in. (28.6 x 45.6 cm)
Medium and Support:
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver and gold paint on paper
Gift of Helen H. Reiff in memory of Robert F. Reiff
Location: Not currently on view
This painting shows a scene at the end of the epic Indian poem, The Ramayana. Rama and Lakshmana have saved Sita and they all fly home on the aerial chariot Pushpaka to see Rama crowned king of Ayodhya. They ride with twenty-three million monkeys and bears who helped them defeat the demon king Ravana. When Ravana asked Brahma to make him indestructible to gods and demons, he underestimated the power of ordinary men and animals, who became his downfall after his abduction of Rama's wife, Sita.
Maggs Bros., Ltd., London, England; purchased by Robert F. Reiff, Middlebury, VT in 1975; bequeathed to Helen H. Reiff, Middlebury, VT; given to the Gallery in 1983
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son of Dasharatha, main character of the Sanskrit epit the Ramayana
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Article Scope: Reproduction only.
Susan Dodge Peters, ed.
Memorial Art Gallery: An Introduction to the Collection.
New York, New York: Memorial Art Gallery in association with Hudson Hills Press, 1988.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Article Scope: Entry and reproduction.
Oriental Miniatures & Illumination.
London, England: Maggs Brothers, Ltd., 1977.
Volume Number: VII,
Issue Number: 24.
Issue Date: December 1975.
Article Scope: Mention and reproduction.
and Lu Harper.
The Memorial Art Gallery: 100 Years.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 2013.
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