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Old 08-13-2011, 08:12 AM
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Balinese Sculpture

Can anyone tell me who this represents and what are the two objects he's holding?
Gift from Bali 20-25 years ago. Workmanship is intricate and beautiful.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:12 PM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

Given the posture and facial expression, it may have been used for a Balinese version of an Ex-Lax advertisement, with the object on one side being the pill box, and the other side showing the problem solved.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:26 PM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

Thanks for that

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Old 08-13-2011, 06:27 PM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

Hey Mack,
I think the man to ask is Adolphine on this forum -he lives in Bali.
My guess is the items are: 1 . a lotus bud ( the pear shaped thing) and B. an ornate rice parcel gift. both gifts to or from the Gods. Betel nuts are a big aspect of offerings to deity over there( .might have something to do with that.)
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:18 AM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

"from the friend in Bali: i think this is one version of shiva as a deity of the plants (sanghyang tumuhun or shankar)"
Taking my own advice
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:54 PM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

It looks like a lotus and a fig
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:29 AM
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Re: Balinese Sculpture

Looks like a male individual carrying offerings (stating the obvious), must have been a special occasion since men aren't usually dressed so colorful. Grommet's friend could therefor be right to talk about a deity. The batik and crown is more often worn by young women for monthly ceremonies,... might have been a king. My brother up in the north wore one for his marriage. I guess to know what exactly is in the left hand is to know who is depicted and why/when/occasion. I see daily offerings of flowers on most corners but haven't seen lotus flowers yet so that might help you not at all either.

Input from the wife: she had a Chinese ancestral feeling about it though the sarong (skirt) kept it at just a feeling. She said that it might as well be a kokonut in the left hand which I do see here being used for offerings and ceremonies where they sprinkle the kokonut juice on the appropriate object/subject. I wish I (we) could have been of more help.

In short: Lotus & kokonut
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