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Bali couple, a loro blonyo
1960-1980
The Loro Blonyo is given to newly weds at a wedding to secure a long and happy marriage. This pair is probably made for the tourist market by a very accomplished carver.

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Balinese man with his fighting cock
1950-1970
Well carved statue and about the same as Tobo 641. Cock fighting was important in the daily life of the Balinese for most of the 20th century. That's why many artists chose this subject.

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Wooden sculpture of a balinese man with his fighting cock.
1950-1970
Well carved old Balinese man with his most valuable possession; his fightting cock


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Wooden statue of a chameleon made by Bali mastercarver I Rangkoes.
1945-1950
Animal carving full of magic. Carved with a lot of skills by animal specialist I Rangkoes from the village Njuh Kuning near Ubud on Bali. A second and similar chameleon by Rangkoes is displayed in the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, Bali.(see photo&text) This carving is published in the book by Dr R Goris; Bali, Atlas Kebudajaan, Cults and Customs ,1952. It was selected by Rudolf Bonnet, who must have been impressed of the work by this artist. The inscription 'Rangkoes' ,under the base, was written by Bonnet. Please click for more photos&info on the photo.


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Two Balinese women with fruit
1950-1970
These elegant carved statues were made for the tourist market on Bali, but the high quality reminds us at a Pita Maha carving. Normally tourist carvings display a rush job, resulting in less detail and poor polishing. Both these features are well taken care off as one can see at the facial expression and fine polishing of the sarong. In fact the face of the right carving resembles the work of the great I Rodja! The loose leaves of the fruit require the utmost skill of a carver. That's why these fruit carvings are rare; few carvers were able to execute these kind of intricate carvings. The carving on the left bears a signature, as shown in the last photo. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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The Ramayana God Siwa has transcended into a shepard in order to try out his wife, Batara Giriputri.
1950-1960
Rare bookends when it comes to the subject. The Tropen Museum in amsterdam has a similar satue in its collection. I never saw any other Bali carving with the same subject.


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Wooden sculpture of two ducks in love-pose.
1950-1960
ToboArtSales owned once a pair of deers in a love pose. These ducks express the same metaphor; because homosexuality is not fully accepted in Indonesia, it is expressed in objects like this carving


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Wooden sculpture of 2 ducks
1970-1990
Nice decorative statue from the Njana-Tilem Gallery, which is known for its quality carvings. Here is a statue of two ducks glued together in a very original manner.


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Saraswati riding on the peacock. Sarasvati is the female reincarnation of Brahma, she is the goddess of wisdom, science, and fluency. She is the mother of the holy Veda. therefore she holds a lontarbook as a symbol.
1945-1960
Many fine details on this impressive woodcarving


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Bali temple as woodcarving-item
1950-1970
Good example of a decent tourist piece. Well carved details.


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Loro Blonyo
1940-1960
These 2 busts were given to a newly wed couple.


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Wooden ash tray
1950-1960


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Carvings from the village of Sebatoe
1970


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Wood sculpture of Vishnu on his horse Garuda
1950-1970
Massive and heavy carving of Vishnu riding his Garuda. The carver had a particular way of cutting which resulted in a most dcorative statue.


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Wood sculpture by M D Runda
1960-1975
Good example of the versatile skills of Bali woodcarver Made Runda.


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Crane with upstanding wing
1950-1960
Beautiful crane with detailed carving.Art deco features.


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Deer
1950-1970
Nice stylistic lines


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Bali woman with a fruit
1960-1970
Elegant statue, made for the tourist market and done by a very good carver. This carving is a good example that good artwork was indeed made also in the sixties and seventees.


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Standing Bali woman
1960-1970
This is a work typical for M D Runda. He is known for his long, elegantly carved, stylish statues.


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Bird with egg
1960-1970
Fine example of a better touristic carving, made when more and more tourists were going to Bali in the sixties. It is a small and compact item, ideal to take with you in a bag or trunk. The stylistic lines resemble the art deco style of the 1930s carvings.


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Bookends man and woman
1945-1955
Well executed bookends. Made just after World War 2. In those days the Bali carvers were still producing quality products, although they were working for the tourist market. If one looks at the details at the lower parts of both bookends, there is quite some detail, which would disappear in later years. Bookends were popular in those days, considering the number of bookends that were produced at that time.


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Sitting man with headdress and sirih bag.
1950-1960
Although this carving was made for the tourist industry, it shows a remarkable quality and a distictive way of carving. The way the face has been carved and the superb execution of the headdress points to a mastercarver. The smaller statue,once in the ToboArt collection, has been carved by the same master.


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Bust of a djanger dancer
1940-1950
Exquisite bust of a dajanger-dancer. There are many of these busts, but this one is much bigger than usual and also much more detailed. The crown is carved as detailed as possible and the flowers are magnificent. The dress of the dancer has been copied in detail with all the ornaments that are so typical for a djanger-costume. Also at the back the carving is beautiful. Pay attention to the little flowers in her hair! A bust of this size and magnitude is a must for Bali-collectors. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Man playing flute
1945-1960
Rare sculpture of a fluteplayer. Certainly not a mass-product considering the difficulties and structures of the carving. Made in the period right after world war 2.


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2 parrots on a base with their offspring
1940-1950
Nice birdsculpture of 2 parrots with their offspring. Probably made as a special request of a Dutchman. Made on Bali or Java during the 1940s. Heavy wood. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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wooden sculpture of a hanuman
1950-1970
Funny sculpture of a hanuman upside down. The artist probably wanted to create something completely different than the existing carvings. No doubt he had to use all his skill to finish this difficult carving. Made for the tourist but as an art object interesting and a proof of the endless creativity of the balinese woordcarvers, probably the best in whole South East Asia.


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Bird-bookends.
1940-50
Nice and good carving, made for the export to Java and europe, many times copied.


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Dragon.
1945-55
Carved by the well known Balinese artist Ida Bagus Anom, who was also a good painter.


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Roaring Hanuman. Nicely carved in a Botero-style. Special attention on the thick claws.
1945-55
Funny and odd woodcarving for a balinese. Maybe the artist got inspired by a picture of an European sculpture (Botero?).


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Balinese man.
1950


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Lying balinese man and woman.
1950-1960
Rare duo carving of a Bali man and woman. Carved with very high skills.


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Rama and Sita in a lovely sitting pose. Crocodilewood
1980-1990
Made of crocodile wood. Made by I Meja Lasia (1928-2001) from Sukawati. Modern carving with exquisite detailed carving techniques. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Bust of a balinese woman.
1960-1980
Made on Bali from heavy ebony-wood.


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Beautiful ashtray, wood, made in the dessa Mas, Bali.
1960-1970
During the big tourist influx in the 1960-70 all kinds of household objects were produced from wood and sometimes extensively decorated. Ashtrays were popular but also cigar- and cigarette boxes and lamp-standards. The tourist industry was making big money then. This beautiful ashtray was made in Mas by a member of the Taman-family who had a reputation of excellent woodcarvers.


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Beautiful carved wooden panel.
1950-1960


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Ganesha with his holy book, escaping from his mother, the goddess Uma, in the shape of Durga, because she wants to ask him to help.
1940-1950
Scene from the Hindu mythology.


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Roaring panter made of heavy ebony wood.
1940-1950
Executed in ebonywood. The characteristics of this wood suits this carving perfectly.


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Little dragon.
1960-1970
very small but delicate carving


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Statue of a temple made of wood.
1960
Made for the tourists.


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Sea mermaid.
1960-1970
Although made for the touristindustry, very rare.


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Sitting balinese woman.
1940-1950


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Dancer standing in the mouth of Sita.
1960-1970
A popular version, but this one has been carved very nice.


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Balinese dancer with birds.
1950-1960


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Fisherman.
1970
Made for the tourists.


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Mother and child sleeping.
1950-1960
Nice intimite mother-child sculpture. The skilled artist had to overcome several technical difficulties to get this result.


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Wooden sculpture of a farmer working on the land. Made on Bali.
1940-1960
Popular scene for artists, woodcarvers and painters, in the fifties.


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Flute player standing on a deer.
1940-1950


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Bookends of Birds feeding their young ones.
1940-1950
Relative rare because depicting the young birds made it more labour intensive. In the more usual bird carvings there is an egg.


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Bookends of Birds picking up an egg.
1940-1950
A typical exportproduct of Bali to Java and Europe in the fifties.


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Two birds with their prey in their mouth.
1970
This carving was made for the tourists. But by looking at the very thin legs of the birds, this had to be the work of a skilled woodcarver. Very decorative.


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Legong-dancer.
1960


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Standing balinese woman with a duck on the base.
1950-1960
Nice elonguated statue of a dancer with a duck on the base. The style is different than the average dancer- carvings. Also the fact that the maker took the time to create the lovely duck on the base proves that this carving was made in the fifties, when there was still an incentive to do that among the Balinese carvers


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Bust of djanger-dancer.
1970


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Old balinese man with spade and balinese satchel. Wooden sculpture made on Bali probably before 1960.
1950-1960
Older people are in high regard on Bali because of their belief that they have contact with the ancestors.


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Gamelan player.
1940-1950
The REGIG-family is a well known family in Mas. They excel in making the TOPENG-masks.


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Sitting balinese man with fighting cock and bottle.
1940-1950
Many of these type of 'master-and-his-fighting-cock' - sculptures have been made on Bali because of the popularity of the cockfighting, which was a favourite pastime of the Balinese people. Not at least because there was a lot of gambling going on as well. Maybe the maker of this sculpture wanted to express a happy winner who bought a bottle of ricewine from his profit. Sculptures from the Sanur area are rare.
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