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Small wooden medicin container from Bali or Lombok
1940-1970

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Toy from Bali or Lombok
1950-1970

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Rice cutter from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.
1920-1940
This rice cutter is a good example of folk art. Both parts of the cutter have been modified into a form. The holder is carved as an amulet, the cutter has the image of a phantasy animal.

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Model boat made of brass. Palembang, Sumatra, made before 1940.
1920-1940
Big size model. Unclear whether this was made for the tourist industry or for the local market. The Tropen Museum in Amsterdam has a similar prauw in the collection.


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Fan made of bone from a fish
1930-1945
Extremely rare item. This fan, made of bone, is one of the very first tourist-souvenir items on Bali. How many have survived the burden of time?


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Lamp, used by the Hindu priest during ceremonies
1900-1950
Important tool in rituals, performed by the Balinese high priest.


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Old Wayang lamp holder from Bali
1920-1950
This wooden Wayang-lamp is in fact a vertical holder for an oil-lamp used during a Wayang-kulit performance. Attached to the two holes at the bottom is a small oil-reservoir, in which a fuse is set on fire. The flame enlightens the wayang kulit puppets which are handled by the dalang behind a screen.The spectators in front of the screen see only the shadows of those puppets. The upstanding wooden holder has the shape of a fable animal with a human face as a balinese dancer. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos. The last two photos show two other examples of such a wayang lamp-holder.


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Offering container for new born children. Local name; Sanggah Kumara. Made of wood and rope. Bali, around 1900.
1880-1900
Extremely rare object. This antique offer tray was used to hang over a new born child at the ceiling. Thats why the bottom has been carved with beautiful details and ornaments. Inside the tray offers were placed in order to protect her/him from evil forces. Such an object is only to be found in musea and private collections. Very high quality! A smilar object can be seen on the last photo. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Singha with wings
1900-1910
Early carving which served as a base for a post. This base supported a pillar which supported a roof or bale bale, or other important building in a prewar Balinese village. Traces of polychromie(coloured paint) Old piece, probably around 1900-1910. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Prewar Balinese knife used to cut the rice plants Local name; anggapan
1900-1930
Very old and used rice cutter. These cutters were used on Java, Madura and Bali. Depending on the wealth of the user the cutter could be simple, but also display decorations, like stylish birds. The Tropen Museum in Amsterdam has many cutters in its collection, but only one where the bamboo piece is placed straight through the handle. Considering the simularity between that one and the ToboArt piece, it is likely that both cutters originate from the same location on Bali; Tenganan, Karang Asem,Bali. The last photo depicts a Javanese girl just after her work in the field, with her rice cutter in her hair.


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Water scoop with a handle decorated with ornaments. Prewar. Very rare object. Local name; Gayung
1910-1940
Rare water scoop from prewar Bali. A coconut has been cut in half to create the container for the water. Sometimes in prewar bali even simple household objects, like this one, are decorated with carved motivs. The last photo depicts a Balinese girl with a typical ordinary water scoop. The photo was taken around 1930. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Part of the Gamelan orchestra. This instrument is called a gender, which is a general name for such a metallophone. The metal plates will resonate with the air in the underlying bamboo poles underneath and subsequently sound is produced. An hammer with a rubber head is used to play the gender. The colour red is often associated with extra-natural powers and the colour gold radiates richdom.
1950-1970
Two gamelan instruments with beautiful sonor sound. Special attention to the detailed woodcarving!


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Wooden rice beater, Bali, first half 20th century Local name; paneptapan
1900-1940
Very old rice beater, maybe 19th century looking at the condition of the wood. The latter also indicates that this item was often used. Probably belonging to a simple Balinese rice farmer; other rice beaters may a decorated side, and in some cases even a handle carved in the shape of an animal, like a turtle!


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Wooden rice beater, Bali, first half 20th century. Local name; Paneptapan
1900-1940
Very old rice beater, maybe 19th century looking at the condition of the wood. The latter also indicates that this item was often used. Probably belonging to a simple Balinese rice farmer; other rice beaters may have a decorated side, and in some cases even a handle, carved in the shape of an animal, like a turtle!


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Finger extensions used in the Indonesian dance
1950-1970
Finger extensions used in the topeng dance. Made of copper. Rare


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Wooden ricebeater from Bali. Local name; paneptapan.
1920-1940
Well preserved ricebeater from prewar Bali. The colours with which the floral motivs are decorated are well preserved. Real folk-art!


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Part of the Gamelan orchestra. This instrument is called a gender, which is a general name for such a metallophone. The metal plates will resonate with the air in the underlying bamboo poles underneath and subsequently sound is produced. An hammer with a rubber head is used to play the gender. The colour red is often associated with extra-natural powers and the colour gold radiates richdom. The kala heads on both sides of the gender are meant as protection for hostile spirits.
1930-1950
Old and antique instrument which still produces a wondeful sound. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Painted Balinese spice lid made of bamboo and rotan. Local name; tutup saji
1920-1940
Rare object. The Tropen Museum in Amsterdam has many comparable objects but only one painted.(like this item) This bamboo lid/cover was used to keep the insects away from the food. One can clearly see the creativity of the Balinese people in this object. No need for decoration maybe for other people, but for the Balinese important enough to paint colorful figures on this fragile cover.


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A wooden wedding altar, probably given as a present at a wedding. According to the Tropen Museum this may be a unique object; made for only one occasion.
1930-1960
I am still researching for other comparable copies.


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Cremation axe, used in prewar Bali at funeral rituals.
1920-1940
This axe was used during funeral ceremonies. After the body was burned, tis axe was used to cut the remaining bones in smaller pieces. One side of the axe has a sharp ridge, the other side was used to saw the bigger parts of the skeleton.


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Two very old rice containers used to carry rice or sirih on journeys. As one can see on the photos both boxes have several compartments.
1900-1950
Very well possible that these rotan containers were used to carry sirih.


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Antique rice ladle or spatula from New Ginea
1900-1940
Not clear what purpose this object had. I could have been used as a ladle or as a spatula.


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Chalk container Batak
1930-1950
Nicely ornamented chalk container from the Batak people, Sumatra. Bought directly from the village people, no souvenir item.


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Container for medicin used on Sumatra
1930-1950
This container, made of horn from the buffalo, is a good example of folk art. It was used to carry medicin on journeys. Decorated with a Wayang-figure and a frog on the lid.


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Javanese foodstand
1920-1940
Well preserved image of a Javanese foodstand, a sate seller. Before the war these sellers were abundant on the Streets of Batavia!


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Javanese foodstand
1920-1940
Well preserved and rare marquette of a Javanese foodstand. Materials used; wood, tin, terra cotta, bamboo, batik.


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Statue made of old Chinese coins. Made on Bali
1930-1950
The rice goddess Dewi Sri on her travel-animal; the swan.


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Satue made of old Chinese coins.
1930-1950
Rare coin-statue decorated with real human hair


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Ladle used by showering
1920-1940
Ladle with djokja patterns used during the shower(mandi) and other ceremonies on Java. The photo shows the washing of a deceased child using the ladle.


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Rice ladle from Bali or Lombok
1910-1950
A rice ladle with an interesting handle. The handle has been carved as a connection between three persons(men) with an emphasis on the phallus. The last person is on top of the other two and thus is his phallus kind of protubing. Of course this all has a meaning. Probably the reason is that only a male may use this particular ladle.


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Rice ladle

This ladle has a female figure as handle. This could be an indication that this ladle was used by women only, although this could also fit another reason. Probably used in Bali or Lombok.


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Balinese basket made of beads, dryed palm leaves and miror glass.
1930-1950
These balinese baskets were used to cover the offer items on the offer bowl


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Basket made of beads and dryed palm leaves.
1930-1950
These spice lids were used to cover the offer products on the offer bowl, and to cover the food from insects.


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Wooden offer tray
1930-1950
This painted wooden offer tray was used during temple processions and other ceremonies to carry the offer-gifts. these were made of fruits and flowers. The offerings(banten) are necessary to please the gods.


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Richly carved coconut
1940-1960
This richly decorated coconut was made to serve as a lamp shade. The photo shows a Balinese carver working on a similar coconut.(1930s)


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Bamboo containers Padang
1930-1950
Striking on these containers are the detailed patterns, carved in the bamboo. These ornaments are typical of the Minangkabau-people in the Padang-area (West-Sumatra). This particular pattern is described by F A Wagner in her book "Sierkunst in Indonesie" on page 87. These containers were probably used to hold sirih. Rare.


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Bali mask
1950-1970
Fine carved mask by the well known maskmaker I KTUT PATUT, who worked in sebatoe. This mask was bought in the Njana-tilem gallery. Tilem was so pleased with the quality that he sold these items as they were made by him.


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Temple ornament
1920-1940
Impressive old temple ornament, probably used as a base to put a statue on. Made of Nangka wood, which was expensive in the prewar period on Bali The flame-pattern is mixed with Kala motifs.


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Part of the dance costume of a Legong dancer

All of these are part of the Legong-costume. They are made of cow-leather and glass and cotton.


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Fan used in the Legong dance
1930-1950
Old fan used by the Legong dancers. It was part of a complete Legong dance costume that ToboArt was able to acquire. Rare.


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Part of the dress of a Legong dancer
1930-1940
Rare object which was used as part of the Legong-dance-costume. The cloth was wrapped up tight around the small body of the young Legong dancer. Richly decorated by bali-motives. Remarkebly well preserved. This cloth was taken to Holland by a Dutch collector just before 1940.


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Artwork made of coins.



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Handpainted coconut.

Probably early 20th century. There are still nicely handpainted coconuts to be found, but not the real old ones like this one, which has the pictures of the Ramanaya-story on it.


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Two little silver containers to contain the unbilical cord, worn by newly born children.
1910-1920
In these small containers the umbilical cord of the newly born child is contained. Because the Hindu people on Bali believe that a newly born child is a reincarnation of one of their grand parents, everything aroud the birth is sacred. That's why the umbilical cord is saved and for the child to wear during its first year, to provide protection and good luck.


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A pair of painted ear-decorations.
1920-1930
Old ear plugs, worn by Balinese women before 1940. These were made of copper and the space inside was used to store tobacco. for betel-stewing. See last photo.


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Beautiful handcarved hammer, probably used in a gamelan-orchestra.
1960-1970
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