Wooden panels painted with scenes of figures from epics and legends formed the backs of thrones or altars in palaces and temples. This small two-sided panel was probably the back of a palanquin for carrying offerings and images of deities in Hindu ceremonies. Paintings on wood share the same content and style as those on cloth, paper and bark. The painters were supported through court patronage, particularly in the royal centres of Gelgel and Klungkung.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label