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Theatrical headdress for the magical deer in the Ramayana (Epic of Rama) dance-drama
Place of Origin: Central Thailand
Date: approx. 1950-1960
Materials: Papier-mache, glass, and mixed media
Dimensions: H. 19 in × W. 9 1/2 in × D. 9 in (H. 48.3 cm × W. 24.1 cm × D. 22.9 cm) overall
Credit Line: Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Theatrical Arts
Object Number: 2006.27.10.9
On Display: No

Description

Label: Ravana (Thai: Thotsakan), a demon king, seeks to abduct Sita, the wife of the hero Rama. To lure Rama from Sita's side, he has one of his demons take the form of a beautiful magic deer. When Sita sees it, she asks her husband to hunt it down for her. While he is away, Ravana succeeds in carrying her off.
Label: Ravana (Thai: Thotsakan), a demon king, seeks to abduct Sita, the wife of the hero Rama. To lure Rama from Sita's side, he has one of his demons take the form of a beautiful magic deer. When Sita sees it, she asks her husband to hunt it down for her. While he is away, Ravana succeeds in carrying her off.