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Phenomenal wooden sculpture of a sleeping woman in art deco style. Made on Bali in the 1930s.
1930-1940
The new wave of woodcarving during the Pita Maha period (1930-1942) reaches here a high. The artist, I Made Geremboeang, is able to come up with the right solutions for the most difficult parts of the carving; pay attention how the arms and hands, traditionally the most difficult in art, are handled. Also the legs and feet are carved brilliantly. By pulling up the legs the tension in the carving is increased without influencing the intimite and subdued character of the scene. The head is not bent to one side, but looking straight upwards, giving it a good contrast with the rest of the body. The hair is carved flat and stylish, and beautifully ignored to one side of the carving. Just be aware that a woodcarver must have this form in his mind before he does the first cut! Because this sleeper is the purest example of that new art wave on prewar Bali, which Bonnet describes in 1936 as I Geremboeang being the best master of this genre, there can be no doubt that Geremboeang was the maker of this magnificent piece of art. Please click on the photo for more photos and info.
Phenomenal wooden sculpture of a sleeping woman.

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Sleeping lady in art deco style
1930-1940
Many of these panels are made over the years in Bali. Some like this one, others of mothers with their babies. Most of them don't have the refinement of a Pita Maha carving, but were just made for the tourist market. This one has a very high quality in both carving skill as well as lay out. The maker clearly was looking for the ideal line in his art work. Something we in the West refer to as 'art deco'. The face is subdued but also mysterious. Very few decorative ornaments in this carving, which enhances the overall expression of this impressive art work. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.
Sleeping lady in art deco style

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Woodcarving sleeping woman Pita Maha
1930-1940
Maginficent grotesque carving of a sleeping lady. This panel was made by a mastercarver in the 1930s The difference with the panel Tobo 612 is the rough big manner in which this artwork has been made. Clearly the carver was trying to make an impression by looking for the bigger lines instead of going into detail. The result is enhanced by the unusual dimensions (44 cm) and the very dense and heavy wood that he used. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.
Woodcarving sleeping woman Pita Maha period

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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.
Two Balinese women with fruit

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Balinese high priest with container holy water
1930-1940
Nicely carved caving from the Pita Maha period(1928-1945). There are beautiful details, like the open container and much detail to the fingers and feet of the priest. On photo 9, 10 and 11 the art deco lines are clearly visible. Carved in the expensive satinwood, only used by the best carvers of the village. Finished with a beautiful dark brown patina. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.
Balinese high priest with container holy water

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The god Vishnu as temple guard. Wooden statue made in Bali 1920-1940
1920-1940
Very subdued almost solemn statue. Vishnu sits on a stupa and has a mantra, a certain hand gesture in the Hindu mythology. This feature with the age factor is enough proof that this carving was NOT made for the tourists, but rather as a Hindu object to protect the visitor entering the temple. Most likely it was placed near a temple entrance in a prewar Balinese village. Real folk art!
The god Vishnu as temple guard. Wooden statue made in Bali 1920-1940

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Silver container for holy water used by Hindu priests on Bali during rituals.
1910-1940
Rare container with nicely decorated lid. The silver is of a lower standard than the usual standard(960). Holy water is very important in the Hindu religion. It is created through a ritual whereby a pedanda(Bali priest) is in trans, allowing the gods to take possession of the water. The water now has a purifying power. The priest uses this holy water to purify objects and persons to keep the evil spirits away. On the outside the guardians of the four wind regions are visible. Because of this important role the container of the holy water is richly ornamented and made of silver and sometimes gold. .
Silver container for holy water used by Hindu priests on Bali during rituals.

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Dance hat used in the Balinese Djanger dance
1940-1960
Extremely rare object. The Djanger dance is not performed on Bali for many years. Djanger hats appear seldom on the market. The hat is made manually with several materials. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.
Dance hat used in the Balinese Djanger dance

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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.
Offering container for new born children. Local name; Sanggah Kumara. Made of wood and rope. Bali, around 1900.

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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.
Old Wayang lamp holder from Bali

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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.
Singha with wings

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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.
Water scoop with a handle decorated with ornaments. Prewar. Very rare object. Local name; Gayung

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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?
Fan made of bone from a fish

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prewar silver offer dish made on Bali
1925-1945
Nicely hammered dish with a rare figure in the middle
prewar silver offer dish made on Bali

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Balinese woman with fruit, made by I Wayan wiri.
1940-1960
Elegantly executed carving by the well known Balinese artist I Wayan Wiri. His work focusses on women, standing and in sitting positions.
Balinese woman with fruit, made by I Wayan Wiri.

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Balinese silver snuffle box with filigrain decoration
1900-1950
Richly ornamented box, prewar.
Balinese silver snuffle box with filigrain decoration

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5 containers for cock spurs. Local name Kotak Taji
1900-1950
These containers for cock spurs are acquired recently and are part of the collection Kotak Taji.(see Tobo 566) The yellowish Kotak Taji in the shape of Rangda has been preserved remarkably well over the years.
5 containers for cock spurs. Local name Kotak Taji

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

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Brass container from Sumatra to preserve the leaves from the sirih plant.
1900-1950
Nicely decorated sirih container in which the leaves of the sirih plant were kept. This container in this form is rare.
Brass container from Sumatra to preserve the leaves from the sirih plant.

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Wooden sculpture of Wilmana, the travel animal of the Hindu God Vishnu, with a container of holy water
1890-1900
Early and odd statue, made in Bali probably before 1900. This is Wilmana, the winged travel animal of Vishnu and Rawana(one of the main characters in the Ramayana story). The odd feature is the fact that Wilmana has been carved without its rider. It also has a container for holy water in the right hand, and the left thumb has a long nail, normally features of a priest. Its body is that of a human with normal hands and feet, although its eyes and mouth are those of a demon. The wings are painted with the colours gold, red and black. The colour red is symbolic in Bali;In this carving it stands for bravery, dynamic and energy, features for demons. Between the eyebrows there is the cuda manik, the symbol for the circle of life. The body shows extraordinary detail. Only in very old Balinese statues one can find the colour gold. Extremely collectible.
Wooden sculpture of Wilmana, the travel animal of the Hindu God Vishnu, with a container of holy water


 
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