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Two sculptures, probably in Andhra Pradesh. ‘Figures sculpted on stone at Tangatoorty 7th January 1797. Hanamunt.Lechman.’ Copy of WD1062, f.17

Two sculptures, probably in Andhra Pradesh. ‘Figures sculpted on stone at Tangatoorty 7th January 1797. Hanamunt.Lechman.’ Copy of WD1062, f.17

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: WD1065

Item number: f.11

Length: 45.6

Width: 28.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing of two sculptured figures of Hanuman and Lakshmana, probably from Andhra Pradesh, from an album of 56 sheets of drawings (60 folios) mainly of miscellaneous architecture and sculpture in the Deccan and S. India, dated 1793-1806 from the MacKenzie Collection. Some drawings are by MacKenzie himself, others by his draftsmen, including C. Ignatio.

The two carved stone in this drawing depict two central figures of the epic of the Ramayana. This Sanskrit epic tells the story of prince Rama and his wife Sita as they went into exile, accompanied by Rama's brother Lakshmana, and how Sita was abducted by Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, and rescued with the help of Hanuman, the king of the monkey tribes. It is the earliest Indian epic, attributed to the sage Valmiki and dated to between 500 BC - 4th century AD. Hanuman obtained then the status of a god. Lakshmana is Rama's half brother who accompanied him and his wife Sita in exile in the forest and later helped Rama to recover Sita. Carved on the stone depicting Lakshmana are two attribute od Vishnu, the lotus and the conch, as Lakshmana is regarded as a part incarnation of Vishnu.

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