Hanuman the Monkey-Headed God

19th Century


Gift of Dr. Mark Sheppard


Many strange hybrid-figures, part human, part animal, represent deities in Asia. Both Chinese and Japanese art also have representations of the monkey-king.

In India, the monkey-headed god is a follower of Rama, the 7th avatar of Vishnu. In the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, it is Hanuman, who uses his army to help Rama recover his bride from the demon king.

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