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Pahari painting A woman receives three visitors
page from the Shangri Ramayana
1690-1700 Place made: Himachal Pradesh, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour Support: paper
Dimensions: comp 18.5 h x 29.8 w cm sheet 21.6 h x 32.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of James Fairfax 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.349

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