'Hanuman, the monkey God, carrying Rama and Laksmana'
Late 19th century
Museum no. IM.2:95-1917
Hanuman is the Hindu monkey god. He is a great hero and is known as the god of courage, hope, knowledge and devotion. He is usually depicted as a strong monkey holding a mace (gada) which is a sign of bravery and has a picture of Lord Rama tattooed on his chest to show his devotion to Lord Rama. In this painting Hanuman is carrying Lord Rama and Laksmana on his shoulders. It is a scene taken from a story in the Ramayana.