Scene from the Ramayana epic with Balinese wayang kulit. The Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Mahābhārata, which have been adapted and developed in Indonesia, specially in Java and Bali.
The painting portrays a scene of the Ramayana with the (step) twin monkeys, Subali and Sugriwa with the same mother, but different father. In the Balinese version of the story, both are sons of a god and they were originally born as human. Their fight over their mother’s magical jewel named Cupumanik Astagina, led them to fall into a lake that transformed them into monkeys. The rivalry between them continues and culminates in the battle for supremacy, wherein Subali dies and Sugriwa emerges victorious with the support of Rama. After this event, Rama is acknowledged as the King of Sugriwa’s army and he resumes his frantic search for his wife Sita, who has been abducted by the evil Rahwana and held prisoner in the Alengka kingdom.
As a personal memory, this painting was bought from seller and probably painter who was with his paintings on a bicycle while we were driving on the way to Negara