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The Vessantara Jataka

Unknown1830/1870

The James H.W. Thompson Foundation

The James H.W. Thompson Foundation

Ninth episode, Madsi: Madsi, with her basket brimming of forest fruit, is blocked in her path and prevented from returning to the hermitage by a lion (stylised Thai portrayal), a leopard and a tiger. These are actually disguised deities who, knowing the sorrow it would cause her to see her children led away to rude servitude, prevent her return to the hermitage until after dark, and after the children are far away.

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  • Title: The Vessantara Jataka
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1830/1870
  • Location Created: Thailand
  • Provenance: Central Thailand
  • Physical Dimensions: w51 x h60 cm (complete)
  • Culture: Bangkok Period
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth

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