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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:20 am 
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Greetings,
I picked up this textile piece at a flea market in California and would like to know where it is from, its story board significance, age, and value.

size 33" x 37"

All the individual scenes have writing (see example).

I can make out several different human or god figures, cats, elephants, birds dragons and fish.

It looks all hand drawn and painted. All the repeated details are slightly different.

Thanks in advance for any help.
Philip


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Hi Philip-
Actually you have a painting, rather than a 'textile'- it just happens to be on canvas. These paintings are from artists in Kamasan, Bali, and are often didactic or can depict scenes from Hindu epics. I don't know enough about them to tell you what is shown on yours, but this should give you a place to start.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:16 pm 
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Thanks a lot for helping me place this piece. Philip


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It is a Balinese calendar, and a nice one. Shows the 35 day "month" of Bali, which is the conjunction of their 5 day week and their 7 day week.

Sundays are on the far left (like most of our calendars).

The row at the top is not part of the calendar. It shows the deities governing each of the seven days. The row at the bottom also illustrates characteristics of the days by other means.

My own Balinese "birthday" is Thursday on the second row from the bottom. The one with the clay pot in the middle of the picture. That's my "sign" . . . the clay water pot . . . it is noisy when it's empty, especially when you hit it, but much quieter when it is full, in which case it is also generous and pours out water for everyone.

Each day has it's own "sign", and those are the pictures in the boxes. The writing simply states what the day is (in the seven day and five day week), and the "lintang" . . . which is the sign for that day. Some of them are quite amusing.

See Fred Eisman's chapter in Bali Sekala and Niskala for full explanation, and even fuller explanation in his self published small booklet on Balinese calendars.

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