Bhima Tries to Lift Hanuman's Tail

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Bhima Tries to Lift Hanuman's Tail

Item Info

Item No: mcom00201
Title: Bhima Tries to Lift Hanuman's Tail
Additional Title: Razmnama (Book of War)
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

At one point during the Pandavas’ twelve-year exile, Bhima, the strongest of the five brothers, came upon a weak, ill monkey who blocked his path. The monkey entreated Bhima to lift his long tail. Try as he might, powerful Bhima was unable to accomplish this simple task and so realized that he was in the presence of a superior being, the great monkey god Hanuman in disguise. Although this rather spare painting looks simple, the artist used the nim qalam (literally, “half pen”) wash technique that required great skill as it left little room for error.

Region/County: Region/County:Northern India, Mughal court

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1599
Call Number: Lewis M 20
Creator Name: Asa - Artist


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