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Vessantara Jataka, Chapter 4: Vessantara, Maddi, Jali, and Kanha Enter the Forest
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Vessantara Jataka, Chapter 4: Vessantara, Maddi, Jali, and Kanha Enter the Forest


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Description The Princess Matsi is seen dancing for the prince and their two children. After the prince gave the white elephant to the Brahmins he was exiled and asked that Princess Matsi remain in the city; she refused and said that she would burn herself if not allowed to accompany the prince. He relented and she is seen dancing in her happiness being with him and the children. The painting is believed to be from the early part of the reign of Rama V (1868-1910). The figures are in royal dress, typical of Rattankosin art. The scene takes place in an semi-surreal impressionistic landscape setting; a wooded glen, with defined mountains across a sloping plain. Because of differences in technique, the figures seem not to be part of the landscape. The painting is rare in that this theme is seldom portrayed.
Exhibitions
  • Exhibition of Thai Paintings from James Bogle's Collection. Lycoming College Gallery, Williamsport. 1981-2002.
  • Art of Thailand. Ithaca College Museum of Art, Ithaca. 1971.
Provenance Collection of James E. Bogle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1958, by purchase [in Bangkok, Thailand]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. James E. Bogle, 2010

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Period
3rd quarter 19th century (Rattanakosin)
Medium
pigments on cloth
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
2010.12.5
Measurements
H: 20 1/16 x W: 20 1/16 in. (51 x 51 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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