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The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe

Jatayus, the heroic king of the vultures, attempts to prevent Ravana from abducting Sita
approx. 400–500. India; probably Uttar Pradesh state

Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of the Connoisseurs’ Council, 1988.40. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.