Art from Bali and Indonesia
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Ceremonial bell used by Brahman priests on Bali. Before 1950. Brass
1920-1950
This bell was made and used before 1950. Its condition is still excellent. Only Balinese priests were allowed to use these bells during their ceremonies. When the bell came into contact with a stranger or when it fell down, the bell was declared unclean and disposed off from the dessa.The five-point top is called a "vajra", a buddhist symbol reflecting the male principle of mehodology (upaya) to achieve enlightment. The deep dark green colour and nice patin show a high percentage of copper. Beautiful sound when jingled.
Ceremonial bell used by Brahman priests on Bali. Before 1950. Brass

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Sigaret box, made of silver from Bali
1950-1970
Richly decorated box with Kala head.
Sigaret box, made of silver from Bali

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Silver offer dish from Bali
1940-1960
Small but richly decorated offer dish. Perhaps made for children. The silver used is Balinese silver, which is not the standard content.
Silver offer dish from Bali

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Cockspur case from Bali or Lombok. First quarter of the 20th century, wood. This case can fit 8 spurs.
1920-1950
The figure on the case is Merdah, one of the four clow servants in the Hindu epos Mahabharata. The colour red indicates the status of the former owner; a high caste person.
Cockspur case from Bali or Lombok. First quarter of the 20th century, wood. This case can fit 8 spurs.

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Dewi sri on a swan, wooden statue made on Bali around 1960-70
1960-1970
Dewi sri on a swan, wooden statue made on Bali around 1960-70

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A set of lontar tools in a carved container
1910-1950
Rare set of lontar knives. By pushing the sharp top edge into the lontar leave a text or image could be drawn The handle is made of horn in the shape of an old wise man, and in the shape of two phantasy animals. The colour red indicates the nobility of the owner or user.
A set of lontar tools in a carved coloured container

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Sirih containers from Timor
1920-1940
These sirih containers are made of horn and have a wooden cover.
Sirih containers from Timor

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Rice cutters from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan
1930-1970
Simply made rice cutters. The holder has been carves in the shape of an animal; here a deer, fish and a phantasy animal.
Rice cutters from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.

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Two wooden containers to hold sirih or medicin. Bali or Lombok
1930-1960
Good example of folk art. Nicely decorated with animals figures.
Two wooden containers to hold sirih or medicin. Bali or Lombok

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Rings from Bali made of gold and silver
1900-1950
Set of antigue Balinese rings. One is made of gold, two are made of silver with a mark on the inside. The various stones have a certain magical power.
Rings from Bali made of gold and silver

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Rice cutters from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.
1900-1950
Ricecutters in the shape of a bird were quite common in prewar ndonesia.
Rice cutters from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.

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Rice cutter from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.
1920-1940
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.
Rice cutter from Bali or Lombok. Local name; anggapan.

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Small wooden medicin or sirih container from Bali or Lombok
1940-1970
Good example of folk art.The lid is decorated with a grasshopper, and the box is decorated with phantasy animals.
Small wooden medicin or sirih container from Bali or Lombok

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Toy from Bali or Lombok
1950-1970
The little ball is attached to a rope, and the rope to a katrol. When the ball is pulled out at a wide enough distance, the ball now needs to jump into the little gap on top. Hereby takes the player the toy at the back side and tries to flip the toy upwards. The wider the cord is pulled out, the more difficult it becomes to get the ball into the hole.
Toy from Bali or Lombok

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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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