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Mahabharata – O Brother – Bhima and Hanuman£ 155.00 – £ 780.00 BUY
This is the moment when the two most important epic tales of India entwine. The elder brother Hanuman – the divine monkey, meets the younger Bhima in a singular pastime with a final explosion of affection! Hanuman is Bhima’s half-brother, son of Vayu. He is a great warrior and the very embodiment of devotion to Rama, an incarnation of Krishna.
The wild forest is the timeless context of a scene that sees the aged Hanuman meeting his strong brother Bhima. The artist wanted to play with the unusual proportions of the characters as Bhima describes the creature to be ”the biggest monkey he ever saw.”. You can see by contrast, the endeavour that Bhima is making to move Hanuman’s tail and the lazy tired face of the gigantic monkey almost indifferent to this action. There is for sure a link between the intricate elements of the forest and the intrigue of the whole Mahabharata.
Ramayana – A Friendship is rising£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
Ram and Lakshman go to Rishyamuk mountain to meet the King of the Vanaras – Sugriva (son of the Sun God Surya), who was in exile. Ram promises Sugriva that he will kill his brother Vali who had ostracized him from his Kingdom and taken his wife, and reinstate him as the King of the Vanaras. Sugriva in turn promises to help Ram to find Sita.
The artist shows Ram and Lakshman talking to Sugriva and Hanuman on the mountain.
Ramayana – A secret story£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This artwork shows Hanuman once he has returned back to Ram, re-telling Sita’s intimate story as seen in the top part of the artwork.
The story was about Ram having to protect Sita from the son of Indra who had transformed into a crow to attack her.
Ramayana – A strategic provocation£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This is a beautiful depiction of the inside of the palace of Lanka and Ravan’s throne. The architecture and ornateness stands out in this piece.
Here Hanuman has been captured and despite Ravan sitting higher than him on his throne, Hanuman has used his special powers to make his tail longer so he can sit higher than him.
Ramayana – Enter the Surasa£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This artwork shows Surasa, the demon mother of snakes opening her mouth very wide to swallow Hanuman as he flies to Lanka to find Sita, but he became bigger, so she opened her mouth even wider and Hanuman entered her mouth, but before she could eat him, he became very small and slipped out.
The artist shows the size and scale of the Surasa in this painting not only through her form but also through the waves she creates in the water as she moves.
Ramayana – Indrajit’s Illusion£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This artwork set during the Battle of Lanka, shows Indrajit, Ravan’s son, who is versed in magic creating an illusion of Sita and killing her in front of Hanuman. He tries to stop him but is unsuccessful and then reports back to Ram that Sita has been killed. Fortunately, Vibishana, who knew of Indrajit’s powers enlightened him that the whole thing was an illusion.
The artist has created a very dramatic piece of work, showing the battle scene below, Hanuman in the air trying to stop Indrajit and Indrajit killing Sita in a very dark and tragic time.
Ramayana – Jeevan Sanjeevani£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This is a beautiful depiction of Hanuman carrying the mountain of Dronagiri back to Lanka.
The choice of colours used by the artist in this piece blend perfectly together.
He succeeds in showing Hanuman’s strength and loyalty to Ram when asked to go and find the magic herb Sanjeevani in the Himalayan mountains to save Lakshman from death on the battlefield. Not knowing which herb, it was he picked up the entire mountain and brought it back with him.
Ramayana – Panchmukhi Hanuman
This exclusively commissioned artwork for art-ma by Paolo Libralesso completes The Ramayana Collection.
The Panchmukhi Hanuman is the form of Hanuman when he assumed a five faced form in order to defeat King Ahiravana, the King of Patala Loka who had kidnapped Rama and Lakshman. King Ahiravana’s life force was enshrined in five flames pointing in different directions, the only way to defeat the king was to extinguish these flames at the same time. So Hanuman altered his form to add another five heads made up of Lord Narasimha, Lord Garuda, Lord Varaha and Lord Hayagriva. Hanuman used all five faces to blow out the flames at the same time killing Ahiravana.
Ramayana – Ram Setu£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
The building of Ram Setu, also known as Rama’s bridge was the bridge that was built by the army of Vanaras for Ram to crossover to Lanka to save Sita from Ravan. Each of the stones used had Ram’s name on them and were thus able to float on water.
In this artwork you can see all the vanaras working together alongside elephants to build the bridge and Hanuman in the sky flying with more stones.
Ramayana – Rama’s ring£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This artwork shows the moment when Ram gives Hanuman, the son of the god of wind – Vayu, his gold ring. Hanuman is seen taking the ring from Ram with his golden gada on the floor.
Ram shows faith in Hanuman and asks him to show this ring to Sita when he finds her.
Ramayana – The Ask of a Lifetime£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This painting depicts the moment when Rishi Vishvamitra, a very well respected sage in the Kingdom of Ayodhya comes to King Dashrath to ask him to let his sons – Ram and Lakshman go the forest to stop the demons that are disrupting their prayers.
Here you can see the artist showcasing the grandeur of the grounds of the palace gardens and the beautiful peacocks which reside there.
Ramayana – The Awakening within£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
Hanuman can be seen here flying south to Lanka. The son of the god of wind, Vayu he is depicted by the artist here with wind around him as he flies crossing the ocean to Lanka.
Hanuman actually had his powers taken away from him as a child by an angry sage, so it was Jambavana, the divine king of bears who lifted his curse and gave him his powers back so he could fly to Lanka.
Ramayana – The Coronation£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
The final artwork in this Ramayana Collection by Paolo Libralesso, shows Ram and Sita back in Ayodhya with his brother Lakshman and Hanuman sitting on his throne as King of Ayodhya.
This beautiful artwork in the last of this collection marks the joyous occasion of Diwali and the start of the subsequent reign named Ram Rajya, also known as the golden age.
Ramayana – The Emancipator£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
The artist’s first depiction in Lanka of Sita in a beautiful garden surrounded by greenery and foliage with a beautiful tree in the centre of this artwork.
Hanuman startles Sita as he calls out to her unexpectedly showing her Ram’s ring and telling her he had sent him to find her.
Ramayana – The Firestarter£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
The Demons set fire to his Hanuman’s tail whilst he was prisoner in Lanka, but Hanuman shrank back to the size of a mouse and managed to escape but in the process set Ravan’s throne alight and left a trail of flames throughout Lanka and flew back to Ram.
The artwork shows the entire kingdom of Lanka in flames including Hanuman’s tail, the artist’s use of orange and red is so vibrant in this piece.
Ramayana – The Gift of Life£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This painting depicts the moment when King Dashrath of Ayodhya, who wanted children, performed a sacred prayer called a yagna to ask Lord Brahma, the Creator God. Lord Agni came out of the yagna and handed Dashrath a pot of kheer (rice pudding) advising him to distribute it among his three Queens – Queen Kaushalya, Queen Kaikeyi and Queen Sumitra.
The artist captures the beauty of the flames and the divineness of Lord Agni by his sheer size with the beautiful kingdom of Ayodhya as the backdrop.
Ramayana – The Vanaras search for Sita£ 75.00 – £ 550.00 BUY
This detailed piece of art shows the Vanaras going in four different directions to search for Sita – North, East, South and West. Hanuman can be seen in the South meeting with Sampati, Jatayu’s brother. Sampati was instrumental in telling Hanuman that Sita had been taken south to Lanka and directions on how to find her.
The artist’s depiction of the journey of Vanaras in their quest to find Sita is beautifully portrayed in this stunning artwork.