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Coronation of Rama and Sita.

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Tiruchchirappalli (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on watermarked paper

  • Museum number:

    IM.391-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This example is from a collection of 100 such paintings. They show Hindu deities and their vehicles, the Guardians of the Quarters, the avataras (incarnations) of Vishnu, and the story of Krishna. The subject matter is unusual. Company paintings generally showed more popular themes such as occupations and costume. An Englishman with scholarly interests must have commissioned this one.

Physical description

The coronation of Rama and Sita in their capital of Ayodhya. Rama is seated with Sita on a blue-cushioned throne under a scarlet canopy. His brothers Shatrughna, Lakshmana and Bharata hold the umbrella of royalty over the pair. Hanuman touches Rama's feet.

Place of Origin

Tiruchchirappalli (made)

Date

ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (painted)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Opaque watercolour on watermarked paper

Marks and inscriptions

undeciphered
unknown
Inscription; decoration; Telugu; Telugu; Beneath illustration

'37. Shreeramah sat on the throne with his brothers, Letchamanah Burda Sattroo[n?]ah and his wife Seethadavee and others.'
Inscription; decoration; English; Roman; Above illustration

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Coronation of Rama and Sita., Trichinopoly, ca. 1825.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 28 p. ISBN 0944142303

Materials

Paper; Opaque watercolour

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Coronations; The coronation of Rama and Sita; Thrones

Categories

Hinduism; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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