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Title

Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana

circa 1970

Artist

Unknown

Indonesia

Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
Alternate image of Shrine hanging [tabing] depicting Sita's ordeal of fire from the Ramayana by Unknown
  • Details

    Other Titles
    'Tabing' of funeral pyre
    Tabing depicting a scene from the Ramayana: Sita's ordeal of fire
    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
    Copyright
    © Copyright reserved

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    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Bali

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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