Rama and Sita, dressed like Bengali aristocrats of the period when this work was made, sit on the high platform typical for Indian rulers. Even at this peaceful moment Rama holds the bow that signals his identity. Hanuman kneels reverently at the royal couple’s feet.
A curiously huge attendant, probably one of Rama’s brothers, holds an honorific parasol over Rama’s head. A fan hovers over Sita’s head, suggesting that the scene originally had additional figures, one of whom held the fan’s long handle, on separate blocks.
This object would once have been part of the reliefs on the exterior of a brick temple.
(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)