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The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe (Hardback)
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The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 25/10/2016
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This collection by the Asian Art Museum is a selection of works depicting the ancient Rama Epic. The Rama Epic-recounting the struggle of Prince Rama to defeat a demonic king, rescue his abducted wife, and reestablish order in the world-has been a subject for visual and performing arts, literature, and religious thought in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia for many centuries. A huge number of artworks relating to the Rama legends have been made over the course of 1500 years in a dozen countries. The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe illustrates some of the most important episodes involving the four primary characters: the hero, Rama; the heroine, Rama's wife Sita; the ally, Rama's faithful monkey lieutenant Hanuman; and the foe, the ten-headed demon king Ravana.

Publisher: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
ISBN: 9780939117765
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 2013 g
Dimensions: 305 x 229 x 30 mm

"Surveys the visual art of the ancient Southeast Asian epic of the Ramayana-recounting the struggle of Prince Rama to defeat a demonic king, rescue his abducted wife, and re-establish order in the world." -Publishers Weekly
"The 290-page catalogue is more than a supplement to the exhibition. Renowned leaders of the Valmiki Ramayana Translation Project...contribute important chapters" -Asian Art, Winter Quarter 2016
"This book is approachable to a broad readership, a treasure-trove of art objects, and a must-read for everyone interested in the Rama story." -Arts of Asia
"The accessibility and wealth of visual material will make this tome valuable to any collection, but libraries with large art collections especially focusing on South Asian art will appreciate it the most." -Library Journal
"The large number of images and interesting and enjoyable essays make for a delightful reading experience." - Frederick B. Goss, Journal of the Siam Society
"This book is an important addition to the Ramayana studies. On the one hand, the textual parts-the essays and the analytical descriptions that accompany the photographs-are both scholarly and accessible, so that even those who are not well-versed in the Ramayana can make the most of them. On the other hand, the photographs enrich our knowledge of the epic and deepen our understanding of the way it has influenced art and culture-as well as the lives of many generations of humans across the planet. Therefore, this lavishly illustrated book is a treat to anyone who is interested in the Rama epic, as well as anyone drawn to South and South-East Asian arts." - Arts Asiatiques

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