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Folio from a Ramayana manuscript, text in Devanagari. Marwar, circa 1790. Gouache and gold on paper. 12.2 x 20.8cm

Using continuous narrative two episodes from the Ramayana are simultaneously shown. On the left Rama and Lakshmana request that Hanuman and Sugriva find Sita; on the right Hanuman has found Sita imprisoned on Lanka, underneath the Ashoka tree, where her she-demon guards acquiesce and show deference.

Ref: Marwar Ramayana 9610

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