Featured Balinese Painting Date?

Discussion in 'Art' started by 2manybooks, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I am hoping this will be an easy one for @Any Jewelry. A small drawing/painting (10 5/8" x 13 7/8" - 26.5 x 34.5cm) signed W. Badung, Batuan, Bali. As the provenance is obvious, I am most interested in a possible date, and the character depicted. Many thanks in advance.
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  2. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    Nice piece, look forward to learning more about it.
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is probably late 20th century. The style is typical for Batuan, with those grey-black shades highlighted with gold. It is my favourite Balinese style.
    Most Batuan painters are of the Brahmin caste, and often paint religious scenes.
    There are many painters in Batuan, but most are not well-known. W probably stands for Wayan, but I haven't found a W or Wayan Badung.

    I am not sure of the character. He has a keris with a grantim hilt, which means he is a member of the nobility. He also has a third eye.
    He could be Kumbhakarna, a brother of demon king Ravana. Unlike Ravana, Kumbhakarna is good-natured and is usually depicted without fangs.
    In the Ramayana Kumbhakarna ends up helping Rama rescue his wife Sita/Sinta, who had been abducted by Ravanna.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2019
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  4. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much! I was beginning to worry about you, not having heard from you in a couple of days.
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Pleasure, of course. I have had to sort out a few things around here, so I haven't been around much. And now I have to take it easy, so replies can take some time.:turtle:
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