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Ramayana Carving of Sita Rescue by Hanuman

Ramayana Carving of Sita Rescue by Hanuman


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1970: Item # 809473

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The Ramayana story of the heroic white monkey god Hanuman's rescue of Sita is portrayed by the carving that forms the handle of this teak wood rice scoop. Characters from the Indian epic Ramayana, familiar icons throughout Southeast Asia, are seen on folk and fine art, in children's books and on temple walls as representations of good and evil. In this carving, Hanuman is carrying Sita across the sea back to Rama after rescuing her from the evil king Ravanna. Hanuman is holding his long tail, which he magically lengthened to help in their escape. Interestingly, this carving gives Hanuman wings and the lower torso of a bird, attributes of the half human/half bird Kinnari, another beloved mythical creature in Southeast Asia. This rice scoop is from Burma, where there is a strong artistic tradition of composite animals, birds and humans. The piece appears to be carved from a single piece of wood but, in fact, the Hanuman/Sita carving is seamlessly attached to the scoop. The wood is sealed with light coats of black and red/brown lacquer. This piece, from the mid-20th century, is in very good condition. Dimensions: length 16" (41 cm), height 6" (15 cm), depth 4" (10 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM