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Sita attempts to hang herself, 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 x W. 18 1/2 in, H. 47.0 cm x 47.0 cm
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: F2015.31.3
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 Ravana leaves, Sita, forlorn and feeling abandoned, decides on suicide. She is saved by Hanuman.

She was so hurt she couldn’t suppress it any longer. She lamented, “O King [Rama], I tried to protect myself and wait for you. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. From now on, I’ll be gone.” She took her garment and tied her neck firmly. Then she bound it around the branch of the big sok tree. She closed her eyes and made her decision. Then the woman jumped down.

Then when the son of the wind [Hanuman, who is hiding in a tree] saw the woman, he was shocked. When he reached her, he untied the royal garment and lowered her to the earth. He saw that she wasn’t dead. He ran to her and paid obeisance at her feet.

(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 Ravana leaves, Sita, forlorn and feeling abandoned, decides on suicide. She is saved by Hanuman.

She was so hurt she couldn’t suppress it any longer. She lamented, “O King [Rama], I tried to protect myself and wait for you. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. From now on, I’ll be gone.” She took her garment and tied her neck firmly. Then she bound it around the branch of the big sok tree. She closed her eyes and made her decision. Then the woman jumped down.

Then when the son of the wind [Hanuman, who is hiding in a tree] saw the woman, he was shocked. When he reached her, he untied the royal garment and lowered her to the earth. He saw that she wasn’t dead. He ran to her and paid obeisance at her feet.

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