The Fascinating Culture Of Balinese Sculpture
Asmat Wooden Sculpture
Perhaps the most recognizable of all Indonesian sculptural art forms are the wooden sculptures. The most famous are the Asmat wood sculptures from Papua. Asmat wood sculptures are found in museums around the world and are characterized by by intricate designs made with simple stone and bone tools. Asmat carvings are usually created as a place for an honored tribe member’s soul to reside after they have left the Earth. The carvings are a communication tool between this world and the next and are lovingly handcrafted with a care and delicacy incomparable to any other style.
The Diversity Of Wooden Sculptural Styles
Other notable styles include the Dayak wooden masks and sculptures that are characterized by their natural elements and abstract patterns that symbolize a range of wishes and virtues they wish to bestow on their family. Another style, the totem-like poles of the Batak and Nias tribes that were used in ancient religious ceremonies and as symbols of power and to bestow blessings. Of all of these styles though, the most elaborate wood carvings can be found in Bali. Mas Village near Ubud is probably the sculpture capital of all of Indonesia and visitors can see brilliant artisans using ancient techniques to create everything from wooden screens to wedding thrones to religions icons.
The Mastercraft Of Stone Sculpture
The Sculptures At Villa Kubu
Around the property at Villa Kubu, you can see many examples of the varieties of Indonesian sculpture. From stone sculptures of Ganesh and Narasimha to carved wood totems, pencak silat warriors, and even playful frogs. If you are interested in learning more about Balinese sculpture, take a leisurely stroll around our property and if something catches your eye, ask our helpful concierges to tell you more about the piece and direct you to where on the island you can meet the incredible artisans behind the style. More than anything else, we want to share our incredible culture with you, so we will be happy to help you experience the most beautiful artistic craft on the islands.