This painting is from a manuscript of the Ramayana epic created for the Maharaja of Kulu in the Himalayan hills. The manuscript contained the first known examples of painting in Kulu. The pictures have long been separated from the text but the seated woman is probably Sita, heroine of the Ramayana. The stylised profiles of the figures, bold blocks of colour and flat picture plane suggest the artist was from nearby Basohli, one of the region’s earliest centres of painting.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label