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Rama Epic : Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

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'The 290-page catalogue is more than a supplement to the exhibition. Renowned leaders of the Valmiki Ramayana Translation Project contribute important chapters' - Asian Art, Winter Quarter 2016

Mourning for the death of Ravana, and preparations for his funeral, from the Mewar Ramayana, 1649–1653, by Sahibdin (Indian, active ca. 1625–1660).

This beautiful exhibition catalogue for a show at The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is a survey of artworks depicting the ancient Rama Epic. The Rama epic is, along with the Mahabharata, one of the key sources of narrative in South and Southeast Asia. It recounts the struggle of Prince Rama to defeat a demonic king, rescue his abducted wife, and reestablish order in the world has been a subject for visual and performing arts, literature, and religious thought in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia for many centuries.

This book illustrates some of the most important episodes involving the four primary characters: the hero, Rama; the heroine, Rama's wife Sita; the ally, Rama's faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the foe, the ten-headed demon king Ravana. The catalogue tells the story in a new light using more than 130 artworks, ranging from paintings to puppets to decorative arts to contemporary works to ephemera, inviting readers to find echoes of their own experiences in the stories and dilemmas of each of the characters

  • Author: Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Date published: November 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0939117765
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.9 cm