The Adventures of Rama: With illustrations from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript

by Milo C. Beach

Hardcover, 2011

Status

Available

Local notes

934 Bea

Collection

Publication

Mapin Publishing Gp Pty Ltd (Smithsonian), (2011), 64 pages. $16.95.

Description

The Adventures of Rama are incidents derived from the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu tale that was transmitted orally for centuries, captured intomagnificent painted texts by the Mughal ateliers who translated them into Persian. These incidents have been retold here and lavishly illustrated using original paintings from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript in Persian, ordered by Emperor Akbar for the commander-in-chief of the imperial army, Abd-ar-Rahim. Only 23 illustrations from the total 130 paintings are included in this book. The enthralling stories that string the epic together capture the imagination of young readers and adults alike. To rid the world of the evil ten-headed Ravana, the Hindu god Vishnu appears on Earth as a heroic prince, Rama. The devotion of his brother Lakshman, his marriage to the beautiful Sita, and encounters with demons, giants, sages, and holy men, form favorite episodes, familiar to any Hindu child. These stories conclude with Rama’s efforts to rescue the kidnapped Sita, aided by Hanuman, leader of an army of monkeys. First published in 1983 by the Freer Gallery of Art, this edition by Mapin is newly designed, enriched with details from the illustrations in the book.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

64 p.; 8.44 inches

ISBN

0944142621 / 9780944142622

Barcode

6544

Pages

64

Rating

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