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Vessantara Jataka, Chapter 2 (Himavanta Forest)
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Vessantara Jataka, Chapter 2 (Himavanta Forest)


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description In this scene, we see Prince Vessantara giving his prized white elephant to a group of brahmins from a neighboring kingdom. A white elephant was believed to bring rain and prosperity. Vessantara sits atop the elephant, surrounded by symbols of his royalty. He pours water into the brahmins' hands as a sign of the gift being given.
Exhibitions
  • Thai Story: The Vessantara Jataka. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011-2012.
Provenance Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Inscriptions kan himaphan (Himavanta Forest Chapter)
Credit Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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Period
ca. 1850-1870 (Rattanakosin)
Medium
paint on cloth, gilding
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.265
Measurements
H: 18 x W: 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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