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    Posted 10 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    A pair of what I think are ancestor portraits from the post war period. They are probably from Ubud (?).
    They are large: Height: 46 cm, Width: 26 cm and Depth: 10 cm
    The male figure is signed with two Chinese characters: "zòu shàn" in Indonesian "jalang baik". The female figure is not marked.
    I bought them a the Kirribilli market one Saturday nearly twenty years ago. I like pairs of things. The Dutch-Indonesian connection interests me as well.... Pita Maha (Great Vitality) group.
    The head dress is typically worn by young djangar dancers. It intrigues me that these portraits are of olders characters.
    The carving is exquisite and is beyond the work done for the tourist market today. But then I really like some of the more modern pieces too.
    What I would really like would be a piece done during the 1930's. perhaps by I GEREMBOEANG.

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    1. Kris, 10 years ago
      I have a female bust almost identical to this. The headdress is the same, the hair front and back is the same. But the earrings are different and she is a young woman. I inherited it from my grandmother, she received it from one of her tenants in the 60's. There was a pair but the woman that gave it to my grandmother kept him. That womans son brought them back from the war, not sure where though.
      I took my bust to Antiques Roadshow about 10 years ago, they told me she was a bust carved for the tourist trade and was worth about $250. Personally I thought the workmanship was to amazing for a tourist trade item. I would love to know more about her but have never seen one like her. I was excited to see you post.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      In 2005-2006 there was an exhibition at the Nusantara museum at Delft in the Netherlands called "Art Deco op Bali". If you search under that phrase you may come across some interesting information about these busts.
    3. MissKris, 10 years ago
      Thanks, I'll check that out for sure!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Thanks imander & ozmarty!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Many thanks BELLIN68!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Many thanks MARYCORONELL38!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks senchi!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Did I thank you mustangtony? My apologies!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks ho2cultcha!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks petey!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks pickerknows and Zowie too!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks betweentheLens!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Phil!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks musikchoo!
    15. musikchoo musikchoo, 8 years ago
      You are very welcome vetraio50! Those are COOL !!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Deanteaks!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks MSL!
    18. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 8 years ago
      I love them.They look very high quality. Can you check out my carved bust-Pic has owl too. It came from an elderly lady who had travelled the world extensively.See the price on base 42/6 which I think means a commonwealth country.That was a lot of money in the day.He appears Polynesian and I saw one briefly on an auction show but no info.I just like to know the history of my things and always ask if possible.
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ATTWOOD!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN & SARAHHOFF!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN too!
    23. tom61375, 8 years ago
      You are very welcome vetraio50! =)
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks KJDIXO!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks CAPERKID !!!!!!
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks HO2CULTCHA !!!!!!!!
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks THOMAS & AURA ..... on holiday at the moment in Melbourne.
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks WINDWALKER & CSHAPIRO !!! !! ! !! !!!
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      HAPPY FOURTH, THOMAS
      and to all the US members too !!!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks RADEGRUNDER !!!! !! !!!!
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks CELIENE, OROYOROY & AURA !!!!!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks STEPTOE !!!!
    36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks DLPETERSEN !,!!,!
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many theanks JOHN SMITH & NEWFLD !!!!
    38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks PICKABOO !!!!!!
    39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks HO2CULTCHA !!!!!!
    40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Thanks René. I knew they were not Geremboeang. But I am still looking, unfortunately.

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