Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Image: Sita's Trial by Fire



Sita's Trial by Fire
Indonesia, Kamasan, Bali; 1850-1900

You can read more about Sita's trial by fire at Wikipedia. You can also read about the Ramayana tradition in Indonesia.

Details from the Museum site: Sita is depicted in the center of the composition; she is protected by Agni, who stands behind her. Above the halo of fire is the ramp that she climbs before jumping into the flames. On the upper right appear two holy men, and on the upper left three gods are carried by a flying demon. Below these gods, Rama, Lakshmana, and members of the monkey army watch the events unfold. Directly below Sita sit her servant and two jesters, Twalen and Merdah, who in Balinese tradition accompany Rama on his adventures.

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