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Gamelan ensemble
1960-1980
High quality wood has been used for this gamelan ensemble.
Gamelan ensemble

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A set of two holy water containers
1920-1940
These containers were used to store the holy water. 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. Because of this important role these containers are richly ornamented and made of silver and sometimes gold.
A set of two silver holy water containers

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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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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. One needs to hold the toy where the hand is carved, see the photos.
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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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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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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