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  Title : The Dagger Attack On Rangda
  Artist : I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
  Media : Ink and tempera on papper
  Size : 24 x 33 cm
  Year : 1939s
Description:
In Bali the widow-witch rangda symbolizes all the negative forces in the universe. She is the queen of black magic, illness, death, and the cemetery. Due to her superiority, however, she protects people who honor and respect her from all lesser forms of evil. Folowers of the protective barong, a fabulous lion-like creature who embodies everything that is positive, attack her during ritual exorcist performances. These entranced "dancers" are repelled by her powerful magic and stab themselves with sharp keris (daggers). The power of the barong prevents them from inflicting self-injury.

Gift of the late Robert Koke in memory of Louise Garret Koke (U.S.A.)

  Title : Protection Of The Barong
  Artist : I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
  Media : Ink and tempera on papper
  Size : 24 x 33 cm
  Year : 1939
Description:
In Bali the protective spirit known as the barong, a fantastic lion-like creature, represents all the positive forces of the cosmos. In riual performance he battles against the widow-witch rangda, who symbolizes everything that is negative. She repels the entranced followers of the barong, who try to attack rangda, forcing them to stab themselves with sharp keris (daggers). The barong prevents them from self-harm. A temple priest dressed in a magically protective poleng (checkered cloth) revives them with sprinkles of holy water. In the background a sinister looking masked jauk dancer, follower of rangda, watches the scene.

Anonymous gift in memory of Claire Holt (U.S.A.)

  Title : The Children Disturb Mother Brayut
  Artist : I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
  Media : Ink and tempera on papper
  Size : 24 x 33 cm
  Year : Late 1930s
Description:
Before she was married, Mother Brayut (center) was very skilled weaver of all kinds of traditional Balinese textiles. However, caring for the eighteen children which she gave birth to exhausted her and left little time for practicing this art. With her spinning wheel and thread holder nearby, Mother Brayut suckles a child at each breast while others pick out lice from her hair, fight, or continue to bother her in the Brayutfolktale.

Formerly owned by Walter Spies (Germany) gift of Dr. Jacob Vredenbreght (Jakarta, Indonesia)

  Title : The Brayuts Feast Together
  Artist : I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
  Media : Ink and tempera on papper
  Size : 24 x 33 cm
  Year : Late 1930s
Description:
The Brayut family celebrates their father's spiritual success by eating together for a ritual feast in the Brayut folktale. Mounds of food are placed on low dulang or wanci (pedestals) for such formal or ritual meals. The Balinese prefer to eat with their hands instead of utensils. A pair of pigs joins the family. Daily meals usually are eaten alone or with very little socializing , whereas festive meals are quite noisy communal affairs.

Formerly owned by Walter Spies (Germany) gift of Dr. Jacob Vredenbreght (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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