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Sita rejects Ravana’s advances, rubbing of a nineteenth-century relief at Wat Phra Chettuphon, Bangkok
Place of Origin: Thailand
Date: approx. 1960
Object Name: Rubbing
Materials: Ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 18 1/2 in × W. 18 1/2 in, H. 47 cm × W. 47 cm (image); H. 22 3/8 in × W. 22 3/4 in, H. 56.8 cm × W. 57.8 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: F2015.31.2
On Display: No

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Exhibition History: "The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Additional Label:

When Sita is held captive in the garden of Ravana’s palace, the demon king visits her and appeals to her to submit to him. She recoils in disgust. Ravana is now the one clinging to a post. According to a classical Thai telling of the story,

The heat of his desire was like the Cataclysmic Fire. He smiled while he said, “You are the center of my life. I am inviting you, lovely one, to enter the sandalwood palace. I will keep you as chief queen.”

Sita responds, “Your body is an evil one. Its ten heads and ten faces will be cut off. The day you stole me and brought me here you survived only because you fled.”

Ravana counters, “Beautiful lady, whom I love, even if you curse me I don’t take your words seriously. Be my well-being forever.”

Then Sita “turned her face from him and looked away. She spit and said ‘Oh, you wooden devil, you beg and use false words.’ ”

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)


Exhibition History: "The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Expanded Label:

When Sita is held captive in the garden of Ravana’s palace, the demon king visits her and appeals to her to submit to him. She recoils in disgust. Ravana is now the one clinging to a post. According to a classical Thai telling of the story,

The heat of his desire was like the Cataclysmic Fire. He smiled while he said, “You are the center of my life. I am inviting you, lovely one, to enter the sandalwood palace. I will keep you as chief queen.”

Sita responds, “Your body is an evil one. Its ten heads and ten faces will be cut off. The day you stole me and brought me here you survived only because you fled.”

Ravana counters, “Beautiful lady, whom I love, even if you curse me I don’t take your words seriously. Be my well-being forever.”

Then Sita “turned her face from him and looked away. She spit and said ‘Oh, you wooden devil, you beg and use false words.’ ”

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)