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  Title : Portrait Of i Gusti Lanang Oka
  Artist : Wijnand Otto Jan Nieuwenkamp
  Media : Pencil on paper
  Size : 34 x 31 cm
  Year : 1937
In this simple yet strong drawing, a young Balinese man dressed in traditional clothing sits while playing a pair of rincik (cymbals) used in the gamelan music ensemble. A part of his name, Gusti, indicates that he is a wesia, the third of the three high castes in Bali. The Balinese writing on the bottom gives his name and where he is from, the mountain village of Selat in Karangasem, East Bali.

  Title : The Girls Nyoman And Ketut
  Artist : Rudolf Bonnet
  Media : Pastel on paper
  Size : 45 x 64 cm
  Year : 1976
The first and second born children in Bali are called Wayan and Made, while the third and fourth are called Nyoman and Ketut. The prefix Ni is for a female; I is for or male. The faces of these girls are done in the typical European academic portrait style promoted by the artist during his many years in Bali. Except for their distinctive subeng (conical ear ornaments), these two sisters could be from an island in the Pacific Ocean. This points out Bali's connections to Polynesia-Oceania.

  Title : The Temptation Of Arjuna
  Artist : Rudolf Bonnet
  Media : Pastel on paper
  Size : 88 x 74 cm
  Year : 1953
Arjuna Wiwaha (The Marriage of Arjuna), based on a brief sode from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, was written during the 11th century in east Java. In the story, noble hero Arjuna seeks divine help in order to defeat his enemies. The deities send seven beautiful widyadari (heavenly nymphs) to tempt him. Arjuna remains undisturbed during this and other tests, thus proving his sincerity. He is rewarded with a magical weapon and marries the heavenly nymphs. The figures are dressed in typical Balinese dance costumes. In the foreground is the Wijaya Kusuma (blossom of victory), a mythological flower that can bring the dead back to life.

  Title : Carrying Rice
  Artist : Miguel Covarrubias
  Media : Gouache on paper
  Size : 35 x 25 cm
  Year : Early 1930s
The indigenous variety of padi Bali (Balinese rice) remains on the long stalks even after harvesting. Bundles are essembled in the fields and carried home on the heads of woman or balanced on the ends of shoulder poles by men. Threshing is done inthe household as needed. The simple background of terraces and palm trees adds dimension to this strong, gaphic work.

Gift of the late Cedric Neukomm (Switzerland)

  Title : Getting Dressed
  Artist : Louise Garrett Koke
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 76 x 51 cm
  Year : 1940 or 1941
The Balinese people are very fond of adorning themselves, especially with flowers. A young woman gets dressed and places blossoms in her hair in this portrait. She has a rather serious expression, however. The colors are mostly cool except for the bright cloth worn around her torso. Her rather simple clothing and the indistinct background, suggestive of foliageand flowers in a lush garden, keep the focus on the figure and her action of making herself beautiful.

Special purchase from the late artist and the late Robert A Koke (U.S.A)

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