Ram Rajya Abhishek

by M.V. Dhurandhar
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Size: 27 x 19 inches
Condition: Good Condition
Period: Early 20th Century
Medium: Oleograph (Decorated)
Signature: Signed by the Artist


Lord Rama is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism. Considered as purushottama or ‘the supreme being’, he is the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. This intricately detailed oleograph depicts the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama in Ayodhya, which took place after he defeated Ravana in Lanka. The artwork features Sita, Hanuman and Saptarishis, amongst others.
The oleograph has been made at the Ravi Varma press. It is by renowned artist M.V. Dhurandhar and carries his signature. Dating back to the early 20th century, the oleograph is embellished with cloth, gold zari thread and sequins, making it a very special piece that is a collector's item.
  • ABOUT M.V. Dhurandhar

    Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar, or M.V. Dhurandhar (1867-1944) was an eminent Indian painter and postcard artist during the British rule in India. Born in Kohlapur, Maharashtra, he studied at the famous J.J. School of Art in Mumbai, where he also taught later. His illustrations of women in their daily life are popular, and some of his works were produced as lithographs at the famous Ravi Varma Press.
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  • ABOUT Oleographs

    Oleographs, also called chromolithographs, are multi-colour art prints, stemming from the process of lithography. Pioneered in the 1830s, the process of producing oleographs came into wide commercial use in the 1860s. The technique relied on using several woodblocks or stones with colours for printing, while hand-colouring remained an important aspect as well. Depending on the number of colours present, an oleograph could take months to produce by very skilled workers. Poor preservation and cheaper printing alternatives have made oleographs hard to find. Today, they are mainly used as fine art.

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