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Woodcut - The fight between Rama and Ravana - a scene from the Ramayana
  • The fight between Rama and Ravana - a scene from the Ramayana
    Das, Madhab Chandra Sri
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The fight between Rama and Ravana - a scene from the Ramayana

  • Object:

    Woodcut

  • Place of origin:

    Bengal (printed)

  • Date:

    19th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Das, Madhab Chandra Sri (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodcut print on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.5516-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woodcut print with a narrow black border printed with a scrolling white floral design. The depiction is of a battle scene from the Hindu epic, The Ramayana. Ravana the demon king of Lanka with ten heads and arms, stands to the left in front of his chariot, his demon army proceeding left to right in front of him. Rama the epic's hero, sits in his chariot on the right, his monkey army led by Hanuman proceeding right to left in front of him. The monkey army hold rocks and boulders aloft to hurl at the demons. Dismembered body parts lie on the ground. At the bottom right, standing left to right are Jambavan - king of the bears, Lakshman - Rama's brother, and Bibhishan - Ravana's brother.
One charioteer is visible on each vehicle and Rama's charioteer is driving horses. There are five inscriptions at the bottom of the print. The pigments used are red and yellow.

Place of Origin

Bengal (printed)

Date

19th century (printed)

Artist/maker

Das, Madhab Chandra Sri (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Woodcut print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

1: 'Ram Ravaner Juddha'
2: 'Sri Madhab Chandra Dasher khudita'
3: 'Jambubhan'
4: 'Lakhan'
5: 'Bibishan'
1: The battle of Rama and Ravana
2: Cut by Sri Madhab Chandra Das
3: Jambhavan
4: Lakshmana
5: Vibishana
The inscriptions are in Bengali. The content above is phonetically written.

Dimensions

Height: 27.7 cm, Width: 38.4 cm

Descriptive line

The fight between Rama and Ravana from the Ramayana, with Rama being aided by Hanuman and his monkey army.

Materials

Paper; Pigment

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Demons; Monkeys

Categories

Hinduism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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