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Mahogany or Ireng Garuda & Vishnu Hindu Statue, Bali, Indonesia

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Garuda’s origins are in Indonesia about 2000 years ago. In Buddhist culture. Garudas are called the Bird of Life and the Nagas and Kirata are its enemies. Here Garuda – with Hindu Vishnu (god of life) on his back – is in a fight with guardians and a… Continue reading

Old Lombok Island Kris / Keris / Pedang Sword, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a stunning kris from Lombok, an island in West Nasa Tenggara province Indonesia. Lombok is east of Bali. I believe the hilt is made of Ireng wood and the sheath / warangka is Pelet wood. Notice that the hilt carving is hollow. The blade and hilt are… Continue reading

Mahogany or Ireng Hanuman Fighting a Dragon, Indonesia

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Detail: Hanuman is a very popular Hindu deity. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Depicted here in a fighting battle against a dragon. Note the detail throughout but especially the head dress. This museum quality sculpture… Continue reading

Phenomenal Ireng Wood Bali Dragon God Carving. Naga Besukian. Artist Signed. Bali

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Bali, an Indonesian island located between Java and Lombok, is known for its Ireng wood carvings. Ireng is very heavy and very strong. This carving is of the dragon god Naga Besukian residing in a stone representation at the Pura Besakih Temple in Bali. This was hand carved by Ny… Continue reading
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