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Woodcarvings - Pre War
Wooden statue of a legong dancer
Magnificently carved statue of a legong dancer who performs the bird-dance, hence the arm pieces. The most remarkable feature of this statue is the condition. It survived the long journey from Bali to Holland without damaging the wing tips. How many of these bird dancer statues were damaged? A good guess is probably more than 80% If one takes a good close look at the wings they are not only razor thin but also carved in an angle, which is very hard to execute without breaking the wood. The balinese carvers were known to specialise in a genre piece, which they mastered to perfection. I once owned a similar bird dancer statue which was undoudtedly done by the same master. However that piece was badly damaged. Pls click on the photo for more info&photos.
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