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Rubbing of a relief at Wat Phra Chettuphon (Wat Pho), depicting the monkey hero Hanuman finding the demon king Ravana sleeping with his wife, whom Hanuman mistakes for the heroine Sita, a scene from the Thai version of the Ramayana
Place of Origin: Thailand, Wat Phra Chettuphon, Bangkok
Object Name: Rubbing
Materials: Ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 17 in x W. 17 1/2 in, H. 43.2 cm x W. 44.5 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Gift of an anonymous friend of the Asian Art Museum
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: F2008.49
On Display: No

Description

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One of Bangkok's most important Buddhist temples has 152 marble reliefs depicting scenes from the Thai version of the epic of Rama. It may seem surprising that a Buddhist temple has depictions of this supposedly Hindu epic. In fact, though, the Rama story had centuries earlier been interpreted in Buddhist terms, and finding it in a Buddhist context in Siam is not unusual.

This is a rubbing of one of the reliefs. Rama's wife has been abducted by the demon king of Lanka. The heroic monkey Hanuman has been sent to find her. He discovers a beautiful woman sleeping with the demon king, and, assuming that she is Rama's wife, flies into a rage. Soon, though, he realizes that the woman with the king is the king's own wife.

Making rubbings of these reliefs was forbidden after 1965. The "rubbings" sold these days are made from copies, not from the original reliefs.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

One of Bangkok's most important Buddhist temples has 152 marble reliefs depicting scenes from the Thai version of the epic of Rama. It may seem surprising that a Buddhist temple has depictions of this supposedly Hindu epic. In fact, though, the Rama story had centuries earlier been interpreted in Buddhist terms, and finding it in a Buddhist context in Siam is not unusual.

This is a rubbing of one of the reliefs. Rama's wife has been abducted by the demon king of Lanka. The heroic monkey Hanuman has been sent to find her. He discovers a beautiful woman sleeping with the demon king, and, assuming that she is Rama's wife, flies into a rage. Soon, though, he realizes that the woman with the king is the king's own wife.

Making rubbings of these reliefs was forbidden after 1965. The "rubbings" sold these days are made from copies, not from the original reliefs.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010