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Rama

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    South India (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy (Ganga-Jamuna technique cast in two metals)

  • Museum number:

    560(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rama (or one of the brothers, possibly Bharata or Shatrughna), posed in the slightly flexed position of abhanga to hold a (missing) bow and arrow, with a quiver behind his right shoulder. It is cast in the "Ganga-Jumana" technique, with skin copper-coloured, with the costume and jewellery cast in brass. There is a large pierced siraschakra behind the head

Place of Origin

South India (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy (Ganga-Jamuna technique cast in two metals)

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm, Weight: 542 g

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in London to the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1879. The India Museum Slip Book records this object coming from Col. MacKenzie, and identifies it as representing Shatrughna, Rama's half brother, with the other brother, Bharatta's name crossed out. However, in the 1880 museum register it is catalogued as Bharatta. It is now thought most likely to represent Rama himself.

Descriptive line

Rama (or one of his brothers, either Bharata or Shatrughna); sculpture, copper alloy and brass, South India, 1800-1850

Materials

Copper alloy

Subjects depicted

Hinduism

Categories

Religion; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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