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Theatrical headdress for the magical deer

Theatrical headdress for the magical deer in the Story of Rama dance-drama

Theatrical headdress for the magical deer in the Story of Rama dance-drama, approx. 1950–1960, Central Thailand. Papier-mache, glass, and mixed media. Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006.27.10.9.

Ravana (Thai: Thotsagan), a demon king, seeks to abduct Sita, the wife of the hero Rama. To lure Rama from Sita's side, he has one of his demons take the form of a beautiful magic deer. When Sita sees it, she asks her husband to hunt it down for her. While he is away, Ravana succeeds in carrying her off.