The making of...The Tiger Trap
The Panchatantra (200 BCE - 300 CE) is an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables in Sanskrit verse and prose. These stories are arranged within a ‘frame story’, meaning each individual tale contributes to a wider narrative. The Panchatantra is considered to have influenced later European books, such as Boccaccio and The Grimm Brothers. These stories are filk tales, passed down through centuries and generations, so no two versions are exactly alike. For this collection, Sabina developed her own version of her three favourite tales.
The Tiger Trap design was based on a Panchatantra story named ‘The Tiger, The Brahmin and The Jackal’. Read Sabina’s re-telling below:
Deep in the forest, a tiger is trapped in a cage. A Brahmin passes through, and the tiger pleads for release. ‘But how do I know you won’t eat me?’, questions the Brahmin. The tiger promises mercy, and the Brahmin relents. Immediately, the tiger pounces. Later, he boasts to a jackal of his smarts and wit. ‘Your story does not make any sense’ says the jackal, ‘You must show me’. The tiger jumps back into the cage to demonstrate, and the jackal slams the door with a cunning grin.THE TIGER TRAP ILLUSTRATION IN PROGRESS
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