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The immortal dragon rears up, tensing its muscles in a threatening stance. Sharp fangs glistening, the dragon opens its mouth in a silent scream of rage. The recurrent theme of the dragon in Balinese art underscores the legendary animal's divinity in their culture, a motif that has not escaped the artistic eye of Ketut Taram. Believed to be the guardian of the gods, this suar wood dragon fiercely protects the sanctity of the home. A master wood carver himself, Taram was taught by his brother, carrying on the tradition of their father before them. He takes his inspiration from Balinese culture and tradition.
About the Artist: Balinese artist Ketut Taram talks about his sculptures: 'It was my older brother, Made Mudiawan, who taught me to carve sculptures. I saved until I had enough to start my own workshop, and now I'm able to offer employment to other carvers from my village. Balinese culture and tradition inspire my artwork. As the son of a master carver, it is easy and enjoyable for me to transfer my imagination into my work. Through my art I do hope to provide a good life and a better future for my family, especially for my child.'
The Ketut Taram Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Ketut Taram in Indonesia. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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