AM E094645 Adiparwa ‘Sunda Upasunda’Depicts the Adiparwa narrative
From Pura Dalem Gandamayu (Pande section of temple). Writing on the back states: ‘GEDONG’ referring to an enclosed pavilion within the temple around which this painting would have hung.
"There are fifteen scenes depicted: 1. Narada announces to the Pandawa brothers that he will tell them the Sunda-Upasunda story so that they never fight over their common wife; 2. The celestial nymphs are instructed by Indra to seduce Sunda and Upasunda during their meditations (this will distract them and prevent them from conquering the world and defeating the gods through meditation); 3. The nymphs are unsuccessful and are repelled by Sunda and Upasunda; 4. Brahma grants them weapons and invincibility on the battlefield; 5. The gods go to Brahma to object to the power bestowed on the demons but Brahma explains that he cannot go back and undo the favour but says he has no objection to the demons being slain if it can be done other than on the battlefield; 6-7. The gods devise a plan and create a woman of dazzling beauty called Tilottama. When she worships the gods by circumambulation (pradaksina) they cannot take their eyes of her. Brahma creates four faces so he doesn’t have to turn around to follow her with his gaze and Indra a thousand eyes; 8. Duel between the two demons; 9. Tilottama arrives in the palace of the demon kings who are celebrating their victories against the gods. She bewitches them with her charms and each desires her; 10. Sunda and Upasunda fight over Tilottama and both die; 11. Tilottama reports to Indra; 12. The white cow has been lost by a brahman and Yudhistira blamed for not protecting him from thieves; 13. Arjuna goes after the thief and shoots two men leading the bull (but in doing so interrupted Yudhistira and Drupadi and thus broke the vow the Pandawas made to Bagawan Narada in scene one); 14. Arjuna goes into the forest to atone for breaking the vow (lead up to Arjuna wandering the countryside and his many women, before his marriage to Kresna's niece, Subhadra); 15. Arjuna in obeisance before Goddess Gangga, he bathes in the river Ganges. "
Acrylic & ochre on cotton cloth
Currently in the Collection of the Australian Museum