Indian and Himalayan Art
King Janaka Greets Dasharatha Before Rama's Wedding
Probably made in Bahu, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-27125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelIn this scene from an earlier part of the epic "Shangri" Ramayana, Rama and his brother Lakshmana are depicted as young boys. Through a feat of divine strength, Rama has won the hand of the beautiful Sita, daughter of King Janaka of Mithila. Janaka invites Rama's father, King Dasharatha, to come to Mithila for the marriage rites. In this painting, Janaka greets Dasharatha, who has arrived with his priests and courtiers and set up his tents outside Janaka's city.