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Title

Tabing depicting a scene from the Ramayana: Sita's ordeal of fire


Artist

Unknown

Indonesia


About

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


Details


Other Title

'Tabing' of funeral pyre


Place where the work was made

Bali Indonesia


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

586.1996


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

17


Place

Where the work was made
Bali

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