Ramayana: Jatayu’s death in abdution of Sita (Jatayu Vadham)

Ravi Varma Press, Karla Lonalavac. 1930

Museu do Oriente

Museu do Oriente
Lisboa, Portugal

This lithograph is believed to have been made from one of Ravi Varma's last paintings, before his death in 1906, and one of the few to refer to violence. Jatayu's death is one of the moments in the episode about the abduction of Sita, from the epic Ramayana. The Jatayu bird appears to Sita's aid, but is attacked by Ravana, who severely wounds him with his sword. Jatayu is unable to defend Sita, but before he dies he warns Rama of the kidnapping.


  • Title: Ramayana: Jatayu’s death in abdution of Sita (Jatayu Vadham)
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press, Karla Lonalava
  • Date Created: c. 1930
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 51,4 x 35,8 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Ramayana, Ravana, Jatayu, Sita abduction
  • Type: Poster
  • Rights: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente
  • External Link: http://www.museudooriente.pt/
  • Medium: Impressão litografica em papel
  • Photographer: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente / Nuno Lobito

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