This puppet represents the character of Laksmana (Lakshmana), in the Javanese 'wayang kulit' or leather shadow puppet theatre tradition. He is the brother and close companion of Rama, the hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Mahabharata and Ramayana are among the popular wayang stories performed in the Javanese kulit tradition.Wayang kulit is considered the highest of the performing arts. Performed in the royal courts of Java as early as the ninth century, this tradition continues to be treasured as one of the pusaka or sacred heirlooms of the court. Wayang kulit is traditionally performed on ritual feast days and religious ceremonies. It has also been adapted for television and public education campaigns.