The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
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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 1,500 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.

Additional information:

  • Edited by Forrest McGill, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Introduction by Pika Ghosh, associate professor of art history at the University of North Carolina
  • Essay by Robert P. Goldman, professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti distinguished professor in South and Southeast Asian studies at UC Berkeley
  • Essay by Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, senior lecturer in the department of South and Southeast Asian studies at UC Berkeley
  • Essay by Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and modern Indian studies at the University of Iowa
  • Size: 9” x 12”
  • 330 full-color illustrations
  • Pages: 228
  • Hardcover and paperback
  • Publication date: October 2016