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Rama

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    South India (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy casting

  • Museum number:

    658(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Figure of Rama (or his brother, Bharata) with his left arm raised and the left one lowered to hold a missing bow and arrow. The figure has a very plain base. 562(IS) has a a very similar base- suggesting this may be a subsidiary figure of one of Rama's brothers, possibly Bharata as previously believed in the nineteenth-century acquisition register, coming from a multi-figure shrine. It shows little wear.

Place of Origin

South India (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy casting

Dimensions

Height: 7.2 cm, Weight: 194 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 Slips number this object as 391. The 1880 aquisition register names this figure a 'Bharata, brother of Rama CXhandra'.

Descriptive line

Rama (or Bharata); sculpture, copper alloy, 1800-1850, South India.

Materials

Copper alloy

Subjects depicted

Hinduism

Categories

Religion; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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