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An image of Tabing depicting a scene from the Ramayana: Sita's ordeal of fire by Unknown

Unknown

(Indonesia  – )

Title
Tabing depicting a scene from the Ramayana: Sita's ordeal of fire
Other titles:
'Tabing' of funeral pyre
Place of origin
BaliIndonesia
Year
circa 1970
Media category
Painting
Materials used
paint on cloth
Dimensions

136.5 x 136.5 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1996
Accession number
586.1996
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

The tabing is a roughly square painting of a Hindu epic scene that is used as a backdrop for offering made at the small shrine which is the centre of all Balinese household rituals.

The scene depicted is a famous one towards the end of the classic Hindu epic, the Ramayana. It refers to the aftermath of the abduction of the god Rama's wife, Sita, by the demon king of Lanka, Ravana. Once returned to her husband, rumours emerged that Sita had been seduced by Ravana. To prove her purity Sita threw herself into a fire, but the god of fire, Agni, sensing her heart was pure, refused to let the fire harm her. The scene upper right shows the ramp (from which wives jump into the funeral pyre) with a pavilion in which sits Trijata, Sita's companion during her captivity. The scene upper left depicts the gods Shiva, Indra and Kubera on the demonic Wilmana bird.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006

Bibliography (1)

Anthony Forge, Balinese Traditional Paintings: A selection from the Forge Collection of the A.M.S., Sydney, 1978.