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Artwork-code: TOBO-00238
Category: Woodcarvings - Pre War
Description: Wooden coloured statue of a female priest ("Pedanda Isteri").
Period: 1930-1940
Comment: On bali there are more female priests than male. They are treated equally. The Pedanda Isteri has 3 important tasks: every morning she prepares the holy water, she also prepares the offerings (banten), and she may lead a ceromony if called upon. When she leads a temple ceremony she has to be of the Brahmin caste. Some Pedanda Isteri are married to a male priest. Rare statue, probably made in the time that Art Deco was in demand, hence the colouring (the colours used are typical for the art deco). Made in the thirties by a very talented anonymous artist. Most likely was this sculpture commissioned by a gallery or a foreign customer.
Height in cm: 67
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Quality: VERY HIGH QUALITY
Remarks: Small restoration at the ear ornament
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