Uniform title Tipiṭaka. Suttapiṭaka. Khuddakanikāya. Jātaka. Vessantarajātaka. n 80152979
Title Episodes in the life of Prince Vessantara. Album of watercolours, 1815.
Imprint 1815.
Access Location Shelfmark Availability
 Online request  Closed stores Iconographic  585749i  album of 30 watercolours  Available
Physical description 1 album (30 leaves, 30 watercolours) : pen and ink and watercolours ; sheets approximately 24 x 29 cm
Contents Fol. 1: King Sanjaya with Prince Vessantara and his family
Fol. 2: the seven brahmins from Kalinga ask Prince Vessantara for an elephant
Fol. 3: Prince Vessantara offers an elephant to the seven brahmins from Kalinga
Fol. 4: the people of Jetuttara complain to King Sanjaya at the loss of the elephant
Fol. 5: the representative of the people of Jetuttara requests Prince Vessantara to leave the city
Fol. 6: Prince Vessantara asks King Sanjaya for seven days' grace before leaving the city
Fol. 7: the representative of the people of Jetuttara gives alms to the poor in the victualling rooms
Fol. 8: Prince Vessantara makes his farewells to King Sanjaya before embarking on the life of a hermit
Fol. 9: Prince Vessantara and his family depart in a horse-drawn carriage: a brahmin asks them to give him the horse
Fol. 10: Prince Vessantara and his family hand over the horse: another brahmin asks them to give him the carriage
Fol. 11: Prince Vessantara and his family march as hermits through the woods
Fol. 12: Prince Vessantara proceeds to a temple
Fol. 13: Prince Vessantara's wife and children proceed to a different temple
Fol. 14: Prince Vessantara and his family live as hermits in separate temples
Fol. 15: Prince Vessantara's wife commits her children to Vessantara and goes to collect fruit
Fol. 16: a brahmin asks Prince Vessantara to offer him his children; Vessantara agrees
Fol. 17: the brahmin ties the children up and takes them away; Prince Vessantara's wife returns and asks where they have gone
Fol. 18: the brahmin, sitting in a tree, keeps the children of Prince Vessantara tied up all night, and in the morning takes them on the road
Fol. 19: the brahmin misses his road: he arrives at the city where the representative of the people delivers the children to King Sanjaya
Fol. 20: King Sanjaya redeems the children of Prince Vessantara, paying to the brahmin the weight of the girl in gold
Fol. 21: the elephant given to the brahmins is returned from Kalinga
Fol. 22: the assembly of people begs King Sanjaya for the return of Prince Vessantara
Fol. 23: King Sanjaya proceeds on an elephant followed by the people to invite Prince Vessantara back
Fol. 24: Kings Sanjaya and Cetiya and their queens
Fol. 25: Kings Sanjaya and Cetiya depart
Fol. 26: King Sanjaya's interview with Prince Vessantara in the temple
Fol. 27: Prince Vessantara leaves the life of a hermit and returns to the city
Fol. 28: King Sanjaya arrives at Cetiya city and stays several days
Fol. 29: a procession
Fol. 30: Prince Vessantara is restored to his throne and reigns in his city
Credits Indistinct inscription on fol. 30 identifies the author: "This work was written drawn and completed on the 11th of [Janu?]ary 1815 by ... [Dav?]id Rubarn [?] ..."
Lettering note Extensive lettering in Burmese and/or Pali annotated with English translations, often indistinct
Summary Episodes in the life of the prince known in Pali as Vessantara (in Tibetan as Dri-med-kun-Idan or Thams-cad-sgrol [Saviour of all, literally "Liberating all"], in Sanskrit as Viśvantara), prince of charity, who gave away his father's wish-fulfilling gem, his own wife and children and his own eyes. He is a form of the Buddha in a previous existence
Cite as Wellcome Library no. 585749i
Component part Fol. 3 : Prince Vessantara offers an elephant to the seven brahmins from Kalinga.
Fol. 5 : The representative of the people of Jetuttara requests Prince Vessantara to leave the city.
Fol. 7 : The representative of the people of Jetuttara gives alms to the poor in the victualling rooms.
Fol. 14 : Prince Vessantara and his family live as hermits in separate temples.
Fol. 18 : The brahmin, sitting in a tree, keeps the children of Vessantara tied up all night, and in the morning takes them on the road.
Fol. 20 : King Sanjaya redeems the children of Vessantara, paying to the brahmin the weight of the girl in gold.
Fol. 27 : Prince Vessantara leaves the life of a hermit and returns to the city.
Topic-LCSH Charity.
Subject name Gautama Buddha -- Pre-existence.
Genre/Technique Watercolors.
Albums.
System no. .b15857499
Publication place Burma
Record no. 585749i