Buddhist Story Telling: The Art of Narrative Scrolls in Northeast Thailand and Laos
Asian Arts Gallery
Mr. Banko will discuss how and why he collected the 37-foot long (yet incomplete) cloth scroll, thousands of which exist in temples and are used in processions and rituals. They tell the dramatic story of Prince Vessantara, who exemplifies the virtue of generosity by giving away everything he owns, even his wife. Few exist in museum collections anywhere in the world!
Unknown, Thailand, Vessantara Jataka Scroll, 1930s (detail). Handpainted on cotton/linen. Gift of Peter Banko in honor of Baas Terwiel & H. Leedom Lefferts.