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Cockspur case, local name Kotak Taji. Bali, wood
1930-1940
Top piece in the category Kotak Taji. The colours are very well preserved, as is the overall condition. The owner must have been rich, or maybe of royal descent, because this case could contain 16 spurs. This implies he owned a considerable number of fighting cocks. The colour red reflects the status of nobility on Bali. The figure is Twalen, one of four servant clowns from the Hindu Mahabharata story.Twalen is depicted as a hermaphrodite; this reflects how the Balinese look to a god; with a male and female principle. The enlarged nose is regarded as a beauty feature on Bali. Provenance; Old Dutch collection.


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Cockspur case in the shape of a Rangda. Bali, hout, 1930-1950
1930-1950
Rangda (widow) is one of the main characters in the Barong dance. The other character is Barong Keket. Of course the main theme is the eternal struggle between good and evil. In the drama play Tjalonarang featuring Barong and Rangda the other players are krisdancers who fall into a trance. They try to aim the kris at themselves. Because of the Barong no one gets hurt. In the end a priest sprinkles holy water over them, after which they regain consciousness.


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Cockspur case from Bali or Lombok. Polychrome and wood. Room for maximum 12 spurs.
1930-1960
The depicted figure is Merdah, one of the clow servants from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, a story about the struggle between good and evil.


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Cockspur case from Bali or Lombok. First quarter of the 20th century, wood. This case can fit 8 spurs.
1920-1950
The figure on the case is Merdah, one of the four clow servants in the Hindu epos Mahabharata. The colour red indicates the status of the former owner; a high caste person.


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Cockspur case from Lombok ,made by Ida Bagus Kingetan. The case has the shape of a Balinese priest, a pedanda. In one of his arm he holds a temple bell, which he uses during his rituals.
1960-1980
this case is rare because of the pedanda image


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Six wooden cockspur cases in the shape of Delem, one of the four clown servants in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. His brother is Sangut, and the other two servants are Twalen and Merdah. Bali or Lombok.
1930-1950
In the puppet play the wayang kulit leather puppets are moved against a screen. These puppets represent hero's and other figures from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahaharata. In Bali children as well as adults watch those performances, which give them a direction and meaning in their lives. In the Mahabharata story the battle is shown between the Pandawa's and the Korawa's. Every Pandawa represents a certain type; Yoedhisthira; the mystic, Ardjoena, the romantic hero; Bima, the noble warrior. Clowns will serve as a comic intermezzo. The clowns Twalen and Merdah are on the good side, Sangut and Delem are evil. Their dialogues are funny and sometimes even obscene.


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Cockspur case made by Ida Bagus Kingetam from Lombok. The image of the case is that of Sangut, one of the main characters in the Hindu epos Mahabharata.
1960-1980


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Cockspur case made by Ida Bagus Kingetan from Lombok. The image on the case is Delem, one of the four servants from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.Inside an erotic scene and two frogs.
1960-1980


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Cockspur case, Kotak Taji, 19th century. Bali, wood.
1850-1900
Old case with erotic pictures at the inside.


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Cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of 'Merdah', one of the characters in the Hindu epic 'Mahabharata'. Bali, wood, 1940-1960
1940-1960
Heavy and big case. The case can carry 12 spurs. In the middle panel a fgure has been carved.


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Bamboo containers as Kotak Taji. Bali, 1940-1960
1940-1960
The two bamboo containers have different seizes. Well preserved.


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Nicely carved cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of an owl. Lombok, wood, before 1940.
1925-1940
This case is a good example of pure folk art. This was not a decorative object, but at the time in use during the cock fighting. The middle panel shows a deer, most likely to bring the owner luck. In the case there is room for 6 spurs. A similar case is shown in the standard book about cockspur cases by Pieter van Donk, Indonesian Cockspur Cases, on page 52. Pls click on the photo for more info&photos.


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Cockspur case (Kotak Taji) from the Toraja people, Sulawesi, Indonesia
1920-1940
Rare object, which was used by the owner of a fighting cock. The shape and size is different than in other parts of Indonesia, for example Bali.
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