THE TALE OF PRINCE VESSANTARA

FREE DISPLAY

From 27 March until 9 September 2018

Gallery 29

the tale of prince vessantara landscape

The most popular story in the Buddhist world, the Vessantara Jataka recounts the Buddha’s previous incarnation as Prince Vessantara. Symbolising the virtue of generosity, this jataka, or story of one of the Buddha’s past lives, is often depicted in South Asian and Southeast Asian art. This display showcases drawings, paintings and wooden panels from Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka dating from the 19th century.

Click here to find out more about our Curator's Tour on 29 March.

Click here to find out more about a related Talk with Professor Richard Gombrich, University of Oxford. 

Image: Detail of fan painting depicting the Vessantara Jataka, Myanmar, 19th century

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