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Covered with frangipani blossoms, an elaborate headdress crowns a young dancer. Nyoman Subrata sculpts this extraordinary mask from crocodile wood. The Legong Keraton is probably one of Bali‘s most important dances. It tells of the King of Lasem, who finds the beautiful Rangkesari lost in the woods and locks her in a house of stone. Her outraged brother learns of this and demands she be freed under threat of war. But Lasem refuses and goes to war, ignoring Rangkesari‘s pleas for peace. On his way to the battlefield, Lasem encounters a bird of ill omen who foretells his death. The dance dramatizes the farewells before Lasem departs to the battlefield where he is killed.
About the Artist: Nyoman Subrata was taught to carve by his brother. ‘The traditional forms and poses are of strong beauty and fine workmanship, which inspired me to learn this style. My favorite themes to work on are characters in religious mythology, because they offer a variety of ways for an artist to express creativity and style. What I wish now is to continue upholding the values of those who taught and inspired me, while being able to continue taking very good care of my family and my woodcarving group.‘
The Nyoman Subrata Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Nyoman Subrata in Indonesia. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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