THE TALE OF PRINCE VESSANTARA | University of Oxford

THE TALE OF PRINCE VESSANTARA

Event date
27 Mar 2018 to 9 Sep 2018
Event time
10:00 - 5:00
Venue
Ashmolean Museum
St. Giles
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX12PH
Venue details

Gallery 29

Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

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.