Rāma and Sītā
5th-6th century, Gupta period
H. 44 cm or 17 ¼ in
Terracotta sculpture representing Rāma and Sītā, the famous couple of the Rāmāyaṇa. This Hindu mythological epic narrates the struggle of the prince Rāma to rescue his wife Sītā, kidnapped by the demon Ravana. Rāma’s gesture of protection is particularly delicate, and the tenderness shown here is a quite exceptional subject.
Provenance: Private collection, Hong Kong, 1990 (by repute).
X-ray, Thermoluminescence certificate Oxford Authentication and restoration report.