Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Image: Ravana



Image source: Ravana,
the King of the Rakshasas,
ruler of ancient Lanka.
This is from a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Where is the tenth head? (Ravana traditionally has ten heads and twenty arms.) Well, while Ravana often holds a veena, here the veena is made of a Ravana-head-and-arm, which is a motif you can see elsewhere in Ravana iconography.




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