(SOLD) Hand Carved Hindu Ramayana Panel 18"
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(SOLD) Hand Carved Hindu Ramayana Panel 18" Item #4b49

Materials: Crocodile Wood, Zanthoxylum Rhetsa

Origin: Hand Carved in Bali

Height: 18 inches

Width: 39 inches

Depth: 2.75 inches

Weight: 20 pounds

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Description

This beautiful three dimensional wood carving depicts the Battle at Lanka in the famous Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The carving boasts a multitude of figures including; Hanuman, the monkey god and loyal friend to Lord Rama. Lakshmana, Rama's younger brother. Lord Rama and his wife, Queen Sita. Trisiras, the three-headed demon general, son of Ravana. Jatayu, a demigod who has the form of a vulture, nephew of Garuda.

This Ramayana panel is carved from one solid piece of crocodile wood. It took the artist 3 ½ months to carve. You can immediately see how the artist has succeeded in creating brilliant detail, at once dreamlike and realistic, as evidenced in the depictions of the flora and fauna and the emotive faces of the figures.

In the Epic Ramayana when Jatayu saw Ravana (the demon king of Lanka) abducting Sita, he tried to rescue Sita from Ravana. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but as he was very old Ravana soon got the better of him. As Rama and Lakshmana chanced upon the stricken and dying Jatayu in their search for Sita, he informed them of the fight between him and Ravana and told them that they had gone south. Trisiras son of Ravana was beheaded by Hanuman. And so, with the help of Hanuman and Lakshmana, Rama rescues Sita.

Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Rama represents an ideal man. In the story of Ramayana, Rama's personality depicts him as the perfect son, devoted brother, true husband, trusted friend, ideal king, and a noble adversary. Rama is always ready to destroy evil and protect righteousness. He is himself an embodiment of dharma. Sita symbolizes an ideal daughter, wife, mother, and queen. Whereas Rama symbolizes standards of perfection that can be conceived in all the facets of a man's life, mother Sita represents all that is great and noble in womanhood, the perfect embodiment of purity in thoughts, words, and deeds. She is revered as an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord Vishnu.

Crocodile Wood or Satin Wood (Latin: Zanthoxylum rhetsa) is native to lowlands from India to the Philippines. The Indonesian name, panggal buaya, literally translates to crocodile teeth, referring to the knobby, tooth- shaped protrusions which cover the trunk. Crocodile wood is usually white in color, some pieces have narrow, dark stripes. The heart is sometimes purple. The grain is straight and easy to carve and the wood is of medium hardness. Older trees produce darker wood than younger ones and the higher up in the tree, the lighter the color. Crocodile wood is often called the ivory of woods because of its similar color and smooth finish.
Note: A hook will be added to the back of the panel so that it can be hung on a wall.

This panel was hand carved by a master artisan in Bali, Indonesia. It is truly one of a kind!

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