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Rama and Sita enthroned
Place of Origin: India, Birbhum, West Bengal State
Date: approx. 1750-1850
Materials: Terra-cotta
Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in x W. 8 in x D. 2 3/4 in, H. 21.6 cm x W. 20.3 cm x D. 7 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B62S43.6
On Display: No

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Exhibition History: "The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Additional Label:

Rama and Sita, dressed like Bengali aristocrats of the period when this work was made, sit on the high platform typical for Indian rulers. Even at this peaceful moment Rama holds the bow that signals his identity. Hanuman kneels reverently at the royal couple’s feet.

A curiously huge attendant, probably one of Rama’s brothers, holds an honorific parasol over Rama’s head. A fan hovers over Sita’s head, suggesting that the scene originally had additional figures, one of whom held the fan’s long handle, on separate blocks.

This object would once have been part of the reliefs on the exterior of a brick temple.

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)


Exhibition History: "The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Expanded Label:

Rama and Sita, dressed like Bengali aristocrats of the period when this work was made, sit on the high platform typical for Indian rulers. Even at this peaceful moment Rama holds the bow that signals his identity. Hanuman kneels reverently at the royal couple’s feet.

A curiously huge attendant, probably one of Rama’s brothers, holds an honorific parasol over Rama’s head. A fan hovers over Sita’s head, suggesting that the scene originally had additional figures, one of whom held the fan’s long handle, on separate blocks.

This object would once have been part of the reliefs on the exterior of a brick temple.

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)