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Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita
Place of Origin: Southern India
Date: 1850-1950
Materials: Wood
Dimensions: H. 18 1/2 in x W. 12 in x D. 4 1/2 in
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B61S54+
On Display: No

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Rama is one of the major Hindu deities. He is identified in ancient texts as the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He is the heroic protagonist in the ancient Sanskrit epic the Ramayana who exhibits perfect adherence to the principals of justice, morality, and social harmony while undergoing extraordinary tests and challenges. Depicted with his traditional bow, Rama is flanked by his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita. Rama shared a fourteen-year exile with Lakshmana and Sita before destroying the demon Ravana and his armies and reclaiming his rightful place as king.

Images of deities carved in wood were likely used to decorate procession chariots on festival days.


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Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label:

Rama is one of the major Hindu deities. He is identified in ancient texts as the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He is the heroic protagonist in the ancient Sanskrit epic the Ramayana who exhibits perfect adherence to the principals of justice, morality, and social harmony while undergoing extraordinary tests and challenges. Depicted with his traditional bow, Rama is flanked by his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita. Rama shared a fourteen-year exile with Lakshmana and Sita before destroying the demon Ravana and his armies and reclaiming his rightful place as king.

Images of deities carved in wood were likely used to decorate procession chariots on festival days.


Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013