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THAILAND. Two Large Scenes from the Vessantara Jataka, the last of the Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha,  The Gift of the White Elephant, Giving Alms to a beggar withIndra king of the Gods looking on,  c.1900
painted in gouash on cloth mounted on zinc, with titles in old Cambodian script underneath the image, 21½ x 32 ins. and 30 x 20 ins.
In his book History of Burmese Paintings Andrew Ranard mentions paintings done on Zinc in the early 20th century. These were for use as Pyre Decorations and removed afterwards. The Vessantara Jataka tells the story of one of Gautama Buddha's past lives, about a compassionate prince, Vessantara, who gives away everything he owns, including his children, thereby displaying the virtue of perfect generosity. It is also known as the Great Birth Sermon. The story is not considered central to modern Buddhism, but it plays a role in modern Kingship. The use of merit-making by the Thai Monarchy and Government to solidify their position and create unity in society still continues. Appleton & Shaw The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha, Silkworm 2015.

Stock ref: 14178