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Antique Wayang kulit animals - Black Elephant
The ancient Javanese Shadowpuppet drama also featured a whole menagerie
of animals, some more mythical and imaginary while others more real and
typical creatures of Indonesias tropucal fauna.
# The Banteng Bull, symbolizing earthly force and reminescent of Nandi,the sacred bull of Shiva.
# Macam , the Celestial Tiger, representing the element of fire and energy.
# Garuda , the mythical divine Eagle from the Mahabarata, often crowned and with sharp teeth in his beak, representing spiritual power and air.
# The Naga , a primordial Dragonsnake who controls fertility and the lifegiving water
# The Kapal , Horse symbolizing wealth and authority, as a mount for a prince.
# Gajah, the Royal Elephant as a mount for a king (Indra, the celestial ruler) symbolizes stability and knowledge and wisdom (=Ganesha)
# Monkeys and Lizzards often fill the Kayongan tree of life and various birds are perceived as being courageous and noble and symbolize the upper world of the ancestors.
We searched and collected these often funny and humoristic old leather puppets over the last 40 years and actually liked the more primitive ones, manufactured often in smaller countryside villages, because of their typical javanese simplicity and natural basic creative energy and style.
Dimension : 49cm width x 56cm height
Code : GJ2