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Tall rectangular painting on paper, backed on to newspaper pages (of Le Figaro, 1926) and thin hessian. It is framed in a thin wooden frame and is unglazed. The painting illustrates a scene from a Thai poetical narrative, the Suthanu Khamchan, which is based upon the Sudhanu Jataka. In the lower part of the painting, Prince Suthanu and his wife Princess Chiraprapha, who are on a journey to Varanasi, are resting in a pavillion. They anger the yaksa (ogre), Khantara, who threatens to eat the princess. The prince's loyal horse, Manikakkha, fights Khantara, but is subdued and ridden away, as shown in the middle of the painting. Suthanu and Chiraprapha continue their journey by boarding a ship owned by some traders. The ship is seen in the sea in the upper part of the painting. Also shown is a trader, kneeling respectfully before the royal couple.
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Height: 154 centimetres
Width: 54 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The figures and their costumes are rendered in great detail, giving them a delicate appearance against the more loose brush strokes used to create the landscape. The sense of distance in the landscape reflects European influence, perhaps via inspiration from Chinese paintings. The format of the painting as one of a set of tall and narrow paintings is Chinese. While Thai paintings before the mid 20th century were mostly made to be seen in Buddhist buildings, this set of paintings appears to have been produced for a domestic setting. See also three other paintings in the set: 2010,3018.2, 2010,3018.3 and 2010,3018.4.
- Not on display
- Some rippling of paper, and tears in places.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Suthanu Khamchan
Associated Title: Suthanu Chadok (Thai name) (Sudhanu Jataka (Pali name))
Associated Title: Sattadhanu Jataka
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- Acquisition notes
- Had previously belonged to Dr Henry Ginsburg, curator for Thai and Cambodian manuscripts and books at the British Library (died March 29th 2007). Dr Ginsburg in turn had bought them at a Christie’s South Kensington sale on September 6th 2006.
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