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The Ramaya, By Valmiki, from Diane de Selliers Publisher. Click on the picture to see the box set in high resolution.As long as the mountains and rivers shall endure upon the earth, so long will the story of the Ramayana be told among men.

(Book 1, Sarga 2)

One of the founding epics and a masterpiece of Indian literature, the Ramayana tells the story of the exemplary life of Prince Rama. Rama’s profound wisdom, his generosity of heart and his supernatural power have made him into a legendary hero hallowed not only in India but throughout south Asia. Avatara of the god Visnu, endowed with all qualities and the highest virtues, he is the incarnation of the dharma and the protector of the world of the living.

This edition brings together for the first time the whole of the epic of the Ramayana illustrated with 660 Indian miniatures.

Amina Taha Hussein-Okada, Keeper of Indian Art at the Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris, accompanies each miniature with a commentary on its narrative, art and symbolism to provide remarkable didactic and aesthetic insights into the most illustrated work of Indian culture. She also wrote the introduction of the book.

The thought-provoking preface by B. N. Goswamy, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the Punjab University, Chandigarh, and leading specialist of the Pahari school of painting, sheds light on the fundamental place held by the Ramayana in Indian civilization and culture, and the importance of its message with respect to the laws of dharma. By bringing to the fore his own relationship to the holy text, he shows how even today, the Ramayana is a companion and guide at all times.


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The most illustrated Ramayana to date
Valmiki's Ramayana illustrated with over 700 miniature paintings from the 16th to the 19th century.
Translation of the unabridged text under the editorship of Robert P. Goldman Sally J. Sutherland Goldman and Sheldon I. Pollock.
Commentaries and introduction by Amina Taha Hussein-Okada, Keeper of Indian Art at the Asian Arts Guimet museum in Paris.
Preface by B.N. Goswamy, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the Punjab University, Chandigarh.

1480 pages in seven volumes and one reference booklet in each box-set illustrated throughout, 270x290 mm

Estimated Price : 1 200 €
Current value : INR 78,000 / $1,600

ISBN : 978-2-903656-76-8