Collection Number 107
Title Rajamina/The King of Fishes
Time 1960 circa
Time Acquisition 1998
Place Madura/East Java, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition Mazim Antique Shop, Jl. K. Wahid Hasyim, Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Size 40cm x 30cm
Tales & Legends
Current Location Bangkok, Thailand (Home)
Description A glass paintings of Raden (Prince) Mursada with Masruh and Mashud astride the fish known as Rajamina (transliteration Rojomino or King of Fishes) when looking for a talisman in Sulaka island.

Raden Mursada was rejected by his father, King of Rum and adopted by a poor couple. When he was a child he caught a magic fish with golden scales which became his protector. To cure his step-mother’s illness he embarked on a quest to find a special medicinal elixir/talisman and thus engaged in adventures involving beautiful princesses, both human and mystical.

The spiritual journey of Raden Mursada on the fish is a metaphor for the story of Islam coming to Java. The image depicts his journey to mythical Salaka Island, to find a talisman to sustain the faith of the travellers. Just behind the prince are two devout Muslims, Masruh and Mashud, wearing skull caps. In some other glass paintings, there is an Arabic inscription in the upper left-hand corner commends the virtues of Islam.

While the prince is a character in Islamic Javanese literature, some elements are of the wayang (poppets) storytelling and of Hindu-Buddhist tradition. The giant fish for instance resembles the auspicious makuras seen at the entrance to the ancient Hindu-Buddhist temples in Java.

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