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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.
Nicely carved cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of an owl. Lombok, wood, before 1940.

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Art deco carving of a goose
1940-1950
Example of one of the main features of the art deco style; to minimize the number of ornaments and decorations. This put the emphasis on form, and it makes the nice dark brown patin even more beautiful. An old Pita Maha mark under the base reveals the age of this statue.
Art deco carving of a goose

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Balinese wooden sculpture of a Armadillo, carved by a specialist on animal carvings.
1930-1940
Very rare carving. Probably done by I Silur, who carved a similar animal statue which is in the collection of the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, Bali (see last photo). Pls click on the photo for more info&more photos.
Balinese wooden sculpture of a Armadillo, carved by a specialist on animal carvings.

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Wooden box from Java with djarapara carving
1930-1950
Box with detailed woodcarving. Probably made in kota Gedang near Djokjakarta by a mastercarver. The last photo depicts a carver working on a similar box cover.
Wooden box from Java with djarapara carving

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Very rare brochure of the second sales exhibition of the Pita Maha in Batavia (Djakarta), former Dutch Indies, in 1937, offering for sale Balinese quality art.
1937
Important time document in the history of Balinese woodcarving. We notice that Ktut Rodja's work demanded the highest price (95 Dutch guilders) for a carving of a seated lady, probably the lady on the cover of the brochure. I Bagus Poetoe Mas is the second expensive with 75 guilders and I Geremboeang third with 65 guilders. These were pretty big amounts in 1937, so the artwork must have been of the highest quality. How Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies, the members of the Pita Maha commission, decided on the price is unknown. But, being two outstanding artists themselves, they probably have looked at the quality and the originality of the statue, and the difficulty of the carved subject.
Very rare brochure of the second sales exhibition of the Pita Maha in Batavia (Djakarta), former Dutch Indies, in 1937, offering for sale Balinese quality art.

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Small wooden medicin container from Bali or Lombok
1940-1970
Small wooden medicin container from Bali or Lombok

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Toy from Bali or Lombok
1950-1970
Toy from Bali or Lombok

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Cockspur case with erotic carving. Bali, wood, 1925-1950
1925-1950
Cockspur case with erotic carving. Bali, wood, 1925-1950

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Cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of a fish. Lombok, wood, 1930-1950
1930-1950
Cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of a fish. Lombok, wood, 1930-1950

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

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Cockspur case in the shape of a Rangda. Bali, hout, 1930-1950

Cockspur case in the shape of a Rangda. Bali, hout, 1930-1950

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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.
Cockspur case, Kotak Taji, in the shape of 'Merdah', one of the characters in the Hindu epic 'Mahabharata'. Bali, wood, 1940-1960

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

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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.
Rice cutter from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan

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Sigarette box made of silver. Bali, around 1950-1960
1950-1960
A typical item produced for the increasing toerist influx in the 1950-60 period. This box has been well preserved. On the front side there is kala head with dance crown. On the back side there is the map of Bali with the names of the most important cities.
Sigarette box made of silver. Bali, around 1950-1960

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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.
Boat (prauw) made of brass. Palembang, Sumatra, made before 1940.

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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. Heavy dense wood, with beautiful patin. Signed under the base; A A Oke
Bali couple, a loro blonyo

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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.
Balinese man with his fighting cock

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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
Wooden sculpture of a balinese man with his fighting cock.

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American issue of a Rudolf Bonnet calendar from 1964
1964
Rare issue by "The Amercan TONG-TONG Publishers"--California--USA from 1964. This calendar has 7 pages instead of the 4 from the Dutch issue (see Tobo 440). The 7 pages are loose, seperated from a horizontal strip or holder. Extremely rare item!
American issue of a Rudolf Bonnet calendar from 1964

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1939 brochure issued by the "Bataviasche Kunstkring" announcing a sales-exhibition of Balinese art.
1939
Small brochure issued just before the war broke out. Uncertain times then which was reflected in the price-level. This was lower than the sales-exhibition from 1937.(see Tobo 633) The most expensive carving by I Rodja costed 45 Dutch Guilders, and the most expensive carving was a rangda for 60 Guilders. The deer with off spring, depicted on the cover, is listed as number 18, done by an anonymous artist. Also at the drawing-painting section we see lower prices. Although a pen-drawing of a Balinese cremation by I B Made Djatasoera demanded 80 Guilders.
1939 brochure issued by the "Bataviasche Kunstkring" announcing a sales-exhibition of Balinese art.

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Original exhibition-brochure from 1948 organized by the "Bataviase Kunstkring" (art society in Batavia).
1948
Rare brochure of a sales exhibition of Balinese Art organized by the "Bataviase Kunstkring". Although the Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet selected the artworks, this exhibition is not under the name of the Pita Maha. This art movement stopped in 1942 due to the war. Significant is the price difference, compared to the brochure from 1937. For a carving of I Rodja the highest price was 95 Dutch Guilders then, in 1948 a Rodja carving demanded a price of 500 Guilders! See the photos of the pages of the brochure. Most likely reason was the enormous inflation of the guilder in the few years after 1945.
Original exhibition-brochure from 1948 organized by the "Bataviase Kunstkring" (art society in Batavia).


 
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