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Black leather stylized representation of a figure in a dramatic dance pose, one leg stands on a snake-like creature while the other is raised to the waist. One arm holds a bow and the other an arrow over a tall tiered crown. The figure and the surrounding halo is cut out with an overall pattern to give a lace-like effect.

History Of Use

Thai shadow puppetry resulted from the Indian influence specifically of the ancient tradition now called the Andhra Pradesh/Kamakka Style. The elaboration of delicate form and line and the minute details are typical of this Thai style, as is the frame-like pinnacled crown; the leaping dance pose and the dragon/snake foot rest. This particular puppet, not having bamboo sticks is not functional and it is intended as a decoration.

Iconographic Meaning

Represents the central figure of the Hindu epic poem the Ramayana called Ram. Ram meaning charming is the Hindu embodiment of righteousness and the solar aspect of the god Vishnu. He is recognizable by the bow of India that was given to him by the sage, Agastya and the magic arrows of silver and gold.

Cultural Context

tourist art

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