Narrative Scroll (Pata) showing scenes from the Ramayana (Legend of Lord Rama): sections 1 and 2

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in West Bengal, India, Asia
Probably made in Birbhum District, West Bengal, India, Asia
Probably made in Bankura District, West Bengal, Marwar Region, India, Asia

Date:
Early 20th century

Medium:
Opaque watercolor on cloth-backed paper

Dimensions:
165 x 18 1/2 inches (419.1 x 47 cm) Framed (probably a): 88 1/2 x 27 3/4 x 3 inches (224.8 x 70.5 x 7.6 cm) Framed (probably b): 95 1/2 x 29 x 3 inches (242.6 x 73.7 x 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

* [Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

Accession Number:
1964-169-3a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1964

Social Tags [?]

There are currently no user tags associated with this object.


[Add Your Own Tags]

Label:
In Bengal, wandering storytellers favored large scrolls to illustrate the stories they performed for villagers. Now in three sections, this complete scroll features selected episodes from a Bengali version of the Ramayana. Due to limited space, Hanuman's heroism is condensed to one panel (at the top of section 3), where his ability to grow to gigantic proportions and his deed of carrying the herb mountain are shown together. The twenty episodes on this scroll were likely chosen, and probably painted, by the storyteller himself to suit his own version of the story.


* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.