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Bookends from the 1950s, made for the tourists on Bali. Pls click on the photo for more photos&info
1950-1970
These bookends were made by a very accomplished Balinese woodcarver; many technical hurdles must be overcome. The last photo shows a similar couple made around the same time.


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Sitting woman with mirror. Woodcarving from Bali, prewar
1930-1940
Impressive tall statue from the Pita Maha period(1928-1942). Striking elements are the beautiful deco lines that run downwards, and the vegetation-leave-motif on her head scarf. Copying is a normal and accepted thing in Bali, but for a copy you need the orginal. For all the ladies with mirror-carvings, this is probably the preferred original. Each photo can be enlarged two times by clicking on the image.


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Balinese high priest with container for holy water
1930-1940
Excellent carving from the Pita Maha period(1928-1945). There are beautiful details, like the open-carved container and much detail to the fingers and feet of the priest. The elegant 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.


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the golden deer struck by Rama's arrow, a scene from the Hindu epic Ramayana. Pls click on the photo for more info&photos.
1930-1940
The most attractive feature is the elongulated body of the deer. A way of practice in the woodcarving of the 1930s on Bali.


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Seated Balinese woman carved in art deco style. Pls click on the photo for more info&photos.
1935-1950
Striking is the small size and the sober style of carving(only a few ornaments on the earplugs). By bending her head away from the spectator a stillness is reached. The abbreviation N.E.I. stands for Netherlands East Indies. The number may indicate this statue was meant for the export to Europe or USA.

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Woodsculpture of an archer. Made on Bali before 1940.
1930-1935
Stylistic archer who points his arrow upwards, which enhances the expression of the statue. Solid and detailed carving technique from the 1930-1935 period. We selected this time frame because an almost identical Archer is part of the Helene Potjewijd collection in Wien. See the last photo. Helene Potjewijd was the manager of a souvenir shop in the Bali Hotel in the 1930s. In 1938 she returned to Austra bringing with her a collection of Balinese statues. Please click on the photo for more photos&info.


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Set of 2 incense burners, used by the Hindu priest on Bali during ceremonies or rituals. Local name; Padamaran
1900-1950
This burner is used by the Pedanda, the Balinese priest, to help him perform certain rituals during ceremonies, like tooth filing, marriage or the blessing of a temple.The two figures are the naga, the holy snake ,at the front, and the nandi at the back. Nandi is the travel animal of Shiva. The last three photos show a priest performing a ritual with the padamaran in the right hand. Collectors item. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.

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Very old kalebas or water container made of rotan and bamboo. Hand painted with images from the Ramayana.
1930-1936
This kalebas was made before 1936. The Tropen Museum has a comparable copy that came in their possession in 1936. Most likely the kalebas was already made for the few rich American and European tourists, who just discovered the island. The last photo shows the kalebas with an handpainted coconut to give an idea of the large size. Very rare object. Pls click on the photo for more photos&info


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Winged singha
1910-1940
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.


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Rare bust of a Indonesian teenager.
1930-1960
Rare bust, probably made on Java, but Bali is possible too. The type of wood is unusual too. The density of the wood allows the carver greater detail, shown here in the facial features. Clicking on the photo will show more photos&info. NFS; private collection


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Bust of a djanger dancer
1940-1950
Exquisite large bust of a Balinese djanger-dancer. Many busts like this have been made on Bali but this one is much bigger than usual and also much more detailed. The crown is carved as detailed as possible and the flowers are magnificent. The dress of the dancer has been copied in detail with all the ornaments that are so typical for a djanger-costume. Also the back of the carving is beautiful. Pay attention to the little flowers in her hair! A bust of this size and magnitude is a must for Bali-collectors. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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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 trance, 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. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.

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Woodcarving of a goat
1950-1970
Good example of small carving done by an accomplished artist. This goat was made for the tourist market; no doubt about that. And maybe he was able to finish this in a day. But still such a goat is pretty hard to create, and the result is great; full of class and humor. Maybe Ajun was enjoying himself!


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Wooden statue of a Balinese woman lookling in the mirror.
1930-1940
Sharp lines and great optical form choices are the features of this very small carving (19 cm!), resulting in a beautiful artwork. Pls click on the photo for more info&photos.

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Large silver offer dish
1900-1950
Large offer dish, which was used to bring rice, flowers and fruits to the temple, to appease the gods. The remarkable feature of this dish is the size. With a diameter of 36 cm this is one of the largest offer dishes used in prewar Bali. This is illustrated in the last three photos. Please click on the photo to get more info&photos.


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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 above a new born child at the ceiling. That is why the bottom has been carved with the child god Kumara for protection. Inside the tray offers were placed in order to protect the child from evil forces. Such offers could be flowers which colours are white, red, yellow and blue representing the various wind directions. This kind of object is only to be found in musea and private collections. A similar object can be seen on the last photo. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Wooden cockspur case in the shape of a fish
1930-1960
The exact age of this Kotak Taji is not easy to establish. Also the location where it was made ; Bali or Lombok.


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Small oil painting by Fritz Ohl

Nicely subdued oil by Dutch master Frits Ohl of a waringin tree and a person. Oil on hard board. Numbered at the back; 222 Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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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 Standing out 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.


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Silver pubic plate from Bali, lombok or Sumatra. Local name; Jempang
1910-1950
Nice and mint pubic plate, wich was used by young children until the age of 8. Possible locations of origin are Bali, Lombok or Sumatra(Atjeh). Collectors item.


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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. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos. .


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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.


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original legong dance crown with neckornament
1930-1940
Written on the inside ; V. ZAREMBA (also the neckornament carries this signature), most likely she was the owner of the dance hat. She was a niece of the famous legong dancer Ni POLLOK. Made of wood, buffalo-leather, mirrors and bamboo. It must have been a painstaking work to cut all the beautiful ornaments into the leather. Only the best dancers were given this quality of hats. Rare object because on Bali usually the older hats are re-used by painting them over or fixing new material onto them. This hat is still in the original form in which it was made as is the original neckornament. Looking at the seize of the neck it is clear that the user was not older than 10-12 years. In pre war Bali only very young girls were allowed to perform the difficult legong dance. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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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 additional photos show other lamp holders and some info from the book "WAYANG ON BALI" written by Hedi Hinzler(1975).


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Part of the Gamelan orchestra. This instrument is called a gender, which is a general name for such a metallophone. The metal plates will resonate with the air in the underlying bamboo poles underneath and subsequently sound is produced. An hammer with a rubber head is used to play the gender. The colour red is often associated with extra-natural powers and the colour gold radiates richdom. The kala heads on both sides of the gender are meant as protection for hostile spirits.
1930-1950
Old and antique instrument which still produces a wondeful sound. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Brass temple bell Bali, 1st half 20th century
1920-1950
Impressive and heavy shell used by brahman priests on bali during holy ceremonies. Almost an identical shell was depicted in a tourist brochre from 1939. See the last photo. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Box with animal-flower-wayang pattern. Used for a bible. Made on Java.
1930-1950
Beautifully carved wooden box. These boxes are called 'bible'boxes, because they have the shape of a large book, for example a bible. The woodcarving was done on Java. The key is still there and te box can be closed and locked. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Rare calendar from 1966 with reproductions of 4 pastels from the Dutch master Rudolf Bonnet. Pls click on each photo see a larger image. Published in 1966 by Tong Tong.
1966
Extremely rare item. Die hard Bonnet collectors must search for years to get their hands on this calendar. Tong Tong was a cultural foundation in The Hague to preserve the Indie legacy. For this purpose they published a magazine (Tong Tong magazine, now called "Moesson") and organized cultural events like exhibitions and fairs. It was during an exhibition of works by Rudolf Bonnet that an idea was born to create a special Rudolf Bonnet-calendar. It is the only calendar ever published about an Indie-oriented artist. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Carved bone.
1930-1940
Magnificent bone carving. Many motivs are depicted on this bone carving, like animals, demons, floral patterns. This art work was most likely done by a specialist in bone carvings. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Woorden square support with fine woodcarving used in a bale bale
1920-1940
Nicely carved wooden support, either used as a support for a pillar as part of a bale bale, or as a support for a holy statue. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Part of the Gamelan orchestra. This instrument is called a gender, which is a general name for such a metallophone. The metal plates will resonate with the air in the underlying bamboo poles underneath and subsequently sound is produced. An hammer with a rubber head is used to play the gender. The colour red is often associated with extra-natural powers and the colour gold radiates richdom.
1950-1970
Two gamelan instruments with beautiful sonor sound. Special attention to the detailed woodcarving! Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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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.


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Cockspur case, local name Kotak Taji. Bali, wood
1930-1940
Top piece in the category Kotak Taji. The colours are very well preserved, as is the overall condition. The owner must have been rich, or maybe of royal descent, because this case could contain 16 spurs. This implies he owned a considerable number of fighting cocks. The colour red reflects the status of nobility on Bali. The figure is Twalen, one of four servant clowns from the Hindu Mahabharata story.Twalen is depicted as a hermaphrodite; this reflects how the Balinese look to a god; with a male and female principle. The enlarged nose is regarded as a beauty feature on Bali. Provenance; Old Dutch collection. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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2 parrots on a base with their offspring
1940-1950
Nice birdsculpture of 2 parrots with their offspring. Probably made as a special request of a Dutchman. Made on Bali or Java during the 1940s. Heavy wood. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Houten beeld van een panter, gemaakt op Bali
1950-1970
Good example for a correct wood choice by the carver. By choosing pallissander wood, with its distinctive flamed pattern, it resembles the outerskin of the panter. A carving full of expression! Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Bookends of praying men.
1930-1940
This is an important scene in Bali's daily life. from early morning to dawn the balinese bring offers in their houses and temples to please the good will of the gods. This motif has been used for these bookends. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Bell/Gong, made in Java
1930-1940
Very nice detailed gong, carved in the famous jarapara style. the most remarkable thing is that the gong is completely intact. There isn't the slightest damage. Beautiful ornaments of floral patterns and wayang figures. A similar gong can be found in the Nusantara Museum (Delft) and the Gemeente Museum in Den Hague. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Woodcarving of a Singha with wings
1900-1930
Beautifully carved singha with wings. Made probably in the early 1920s. The whole at the back was made for a vertical pilar to fit in that supports a roof of a building or bale bale. A bale bale is a community building inside a Balinese village where ceremonies take place, like weddings, toothfiling, offerings etc. Looking at the high quality of carving this Singha might have been part of a temple or a building belonging to a high cast person. These persons, like rulers of a district or priests, had access to the best crafts men in the village. The last photo shows a drawing by Dutch traveller/artist WOJ Nieuwenkamp, who was in Bali during the 1920s. The picture shows a similar Singha as part of a rice-barn. In the middle is Dewi Sri, the goddess of the rice. This rice barn was important for the Balinese, because there the food was preserved. The deer on this carving is a symbol of prosperity and as guardian of the roof. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images


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Wooden rice beater from Bali. Local name; panaptapan
1900-1950
Antique object from the Bali before 1950. These ricebeaters were used after the harvest to flatten the top surface of a bundle rice arens, before these bundles were taken to the rice barns. The use of these ricebeaters stopped when new types of rice were introduced in Bali around 1970. On one side of the ricebeater an image of Dewi Sri, goddess of the rice, has been carved. No doubt to ensure a rich harvest. Pls click on the photo for more photos and info.


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Javanese foodstand
1920-1940
Well preserved image of a Javanese foodstand, a sate seller. Before the war these sellers were abundant on the Streets of Batavia! Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Javanese foodstand
1920-1940
Well preserved and rare marquette of a Javanese foodstand. Materials used; wood, tin, terra cotta, bamboo, batik. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Wooden bookends made on Bali.
1930-1940
Nice pair of bookends, executed in the Art Deco style. This pair is slightly different than the other pair in the Tobo Art collection (TOBO-00018). Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Wooden box with an islam-text carved on top. Made in Sumatra, Indonesia.
1930
Very interesting box, used to store a handwritten Koran. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.


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Carved bone from a deer antlers
1940-1950
Bone sculptures are known on Bali, made of the bones of the cow, usually the height is 21-24 cm. This tall bone carving is made from the antlers of a deer. Probably the artist found the antlers in the forest and decided to make it into an artwork. Hence the unique character of this work, which required days/weeks to finish looking at the many figures and ornaments on the carving. Pls click on each photo to see two larger images.

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Lontar manuscript 1930-1940 from the collection of Prof C Bonne (1891-1948). Prof Bonne was professor at the Medical School in Batavia, and editor of the Medical Magazine in the Dutch Indies.
1930-1940
This remarkable lontar came from the collection of Prof C Bonne. He was an important doctor in the Dutch Indies. The very detailed drawings depict scenes from the Ramayana acoompanied by Balinese words. This was no touristic item, but more a show of force by an experienced (most likely) Balinese lontar writer. Important lontars had covers made of expensive wood, and the side of leaves were painted red, like this one. In some cases even a special box was made to preserve the lontar, like in TOBO 753 and TOBO 800.


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Book "Bali en Lombok" in three parts by W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, 1906
1906
Limited edition of 400 copies. This book has numbered 24. Ex-libris; Jan Veth First major publication about prewar Bali Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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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.


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Complete dance costume of a Balinese legong dancer. Prewar
1900-1940
Well preserved costume. This costume was sent to an English dance institution, where they studied the various Asian dances. Including the original dance crown and dance fan. In 1936 a book was published "Temple dances of Bali" by the Swedish artist Tyra Kleen, which shows the various costumes of the legong-dance. Please click n the the photo for more photos and info.


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Book "Bali en Lombok" by W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, 1906-1910 Published from "De Zwerver"(Boat of Nieuwenkamp)
1906-1910
Limited edition of 400 copies. This book has number; 294. First major publication about prewar Bali. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


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Album with old picture postcards of Bali (1920-1930).
1920-1930
These postcards, also known as 'EAG-kiekjes', were the very first postcards depicting Bali in photographs. They date 1920-1930.These postcards were sold in small envelopes, each containing 10 postcard. Each envelope has a theme, like 'rice culture', 'local arts', 'temples'. Nine such envelopes are part of this collection. See the last photos. Extremely rare. Pls click on the photo to get more info and photos.


 
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