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KETOET GEDE, SINGARAJA, A SCENE FROM THE RAMAYANA, THE MONKEY WRESABA

LOr. 3390-123, left

Drawing on Dutch paper, watermark Concordia, countermark VdL., 34 x 21.2 cm

A monkey stands in a dancing attitude. He touches his diadem with his right hand, nabdab, and points forwards with the index-finger of his left hand. His tail is curled round his right arm. His feet have hoofs which are split and spurred. He has salmon-pink skin with blue spots. He has horns on his head. A text in Balinese script at the top reads: “wresaba;”, by which Wresaba, the monkey with the appearance of a bull, is meant.

He is mentioned in the Old Javanese Ramayana, XVIII: 17 and XIX: 41 as being among the best of the monkeys.

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