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Death of Bali, scene from the Ramayana, Central India, ca. 1720 (Cambridge, Fogg Museum of Art)

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Death of Bali, scene from the Ramayana, Central India, ca. 1720 (Cambridge, Fogg Museum of Art)
Author(s): Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Central India: Malwa & Bundelkhand
paintings
miniatures
slide set
Description: With the decline of imperial prestige, Rajput painting followed two opposite trends. On the one hand, artists trained in the Mughal tradition returned from the capital and infused Rajasthani and Hill schools with Mughal elegance and finesse
on the other hand, the wane of imperial power caused Rajput patrons to return to pre-Mughal artistic traditions. The Death of Bali illustrates the reversion to indigenous styles, with the expressive distortion of form and the emphasis upon inner rather than outer reality. The trees writhe with mathematically ordered patterns, and one's attention is focused on a single plane, with the line of trees and the prostrate figure set against a green background.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/188199
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3248

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