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[INDIAN MINIATURE PAINTING]. TULSI DAS.

Ramcharitmanas [The Story of Lord Rama],

Battle scene from the Lanka Kand, verse 26.

Stock Code
106870
North India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi(ý) or Lucknow(ý), Awadh School, 1790
£27,500

The Ramacharitmanas is an epic on the life of Lord Rama, based on the ancient epic Ramayana by Valmiki, assembled by the poet Tulsi Das in the sixteenth century. It narrates the story of the life of Rama, the Crown Prince of Koshal, and the stories relating to him and his three brothers Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan as well as Rama's wife Sita the Princess of the Kingdom of Janaka.

Tulsi Das (c. 1523-1623) was a Hindu saint and poet renowned for his devotion to the deity Rama and his in-depth understanding of the Sanskrit language. During his lifetime he sought to make the story of the life of Lord Rama more accessible to the general public, whose understanding of their ancestral language of Sanskrit was diminished, by authoring this retelling of the well-known Ramayana in the vernacular language of Awadhi. Greeted with great success and popularity, this Ramacharitmanas continues

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Single fine illuminated miniature painting, ink and watercolour opaque colours on thick buff paper, heightened in gold, loose leaf from a monumental illuminated manuscript, in Awadhi, overall size 555 x 640 mm; text in single column, devanagari script, both sides of leaf framed within intricately painted floral decorative border illuminated in gilt, in a remarkably clean and attractive state of preservation; framed and glazed.

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