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Folio from a dispersed Ramayana: after exile Rama and Sita head toward Ayodhya by chariot and other related incidents. Marwar, circa 1780. Watercolour with gold and silver (tin) on wasli. 19.1 x 32.3 cm

Ravana swears at Sita; with his left hand he grabs her by the hair and with the right he holds on to her thighs and takes Sita with him. Meanwhile, Rama kills the golden deer/rakshasa. He comes across Lakshmana, whom he asks about Sita.Then Bharata sets the paduka (wooden sandals) before Rama and prays to him. Rama takes Bharata to Kubera's city in his Pushpaka Vimana (mythical aircraft that resembles a very large bird). Bharata then implores Rama to assume control of the kingdom of Ayodhya. Rama etc. then decide to mark the fulfillment of the 14-year-long exile with a purification ritual (the men get their heads shaved). Sita takes a bath and puts on perfumed clothes. Kausalya & co. help her with her jewelry. Shatrughna sends for a chariot. Shatrughna rides an elephant. Sugriva & co. get on their horses. Shatrughna holds the parasol (chhatra), Lakshmana the yak-tail whisk (chanwara/chamara) and Sugriva the cloth fan(pankha or vyajana). They enter the city of Ayodhya. Vanaras have transformed themselves into men. Sita sits next to Rama. 

Thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant for translating the text.

Inventory: LC000168

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Above: gilt and silver (tin) detail reflecting light

Images and text © Peter Blohm