Panel painting “The Story of Ramayana”
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The panel painting is a relief carving of sandalwood, depicting a fragment of the Indian epic poem 'Ramayana'. It is a 'canvas' made on a solid wooden background and has a three-layered execution. The centre of the panel depicts the main character of the poem, Rama, with a torch in his hand making his way through the jungle in search of his wife Sita, abducted by the ugly Rakshasa demons depicted in the lower part of the painting. In the background are the jungle, trees entangled in vines and lush greenery, while in the foreground are protruding human figures. On the right is the beautiful Sita in the arms of Rama. On the left side is the figure of the poem singer, slightly removed to the background. The composition of the image is built in a linear fashion. The frame of the panel is no less elaborate, representing an interweaving of plants and flowers.