At the lower part of the front doors of this cabinet, chariots bear (from left to right) Sita, Rama, his brother Lakshmana, and Vibhishana, a demon prince who is Rama’s ally.
On the upper parts of these doors and on the right side of the cabinet are scenes of battle from the climactic war between Rama’s forces and those of Ravana. The figures are so ingeniously twisted and turned amidst the melee of battle that it is difficult to tell the characters apart. Rama’s monkey troops usually have a rounded jowl and protruding muzzle, and demons usually have bulbous noses. The major monkey and demon characters are dressed finely and have a pointed aureole around their heads. At the lower border of the panel the monkeys are depicted more naturalistically and with great humor.
Elaborate cabinets such as this, which would have been costly, were used in palaces and temples to hold religious, literary, or historical manuscripts.
(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)