Rama wears princely garments and a crown, as he usually does in Thai visual and performing arts, rather than the ascetic’s garb of one exiled to the forest often seen in Indian depictions. He carries the bow and arrow that he is so skilled at using.
Thai shadow puppets of the type called in Thai “large puppet” have no moving parts. Each is held by a performer who carries it, with dancing steps, back and forth. Each performer’s movements and stances must be appropriate to the particular character, and so for Rama, both heroic and refined. Puppets are held in front of a white cloth screen lighted by lamps or a bonfire. The silhouette of the puppet registers strongly, and is enriched by the elaborate perforation and the colors that have been applied to the translucent hide.
(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)