The breaking of the bow
Illustration from MSS of Ramayana
Folio 66 - Scene laid within the palace compound with tents. In the left upper part, Janaka with his courtiers is conversing with VIsvamitra accompanied by Rama. While a few ladies look on. In the centre, the hermits and brahmins perform the fire sacrifice. A little further to the right are shown are large number of kings, some of whom have fainted while attempting to raise the bow. In the foreground, on the left, the bow is being dragged on a cart. In the centre, Rama has broken the bow. A little further are seen horsemen. The yellow foreground is covered with flowers and floral sprays, green background, blue sky on top.
Dated VS 1706
Indian Miniature Paintings
38.1 x 22.9 cms (without border)