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Central Java Ferry Boat Relief



This unique piece depicts the kind of ferries that sail between the Indonesian islands. The maker of this wall decoration had either been on such a ferry or had often seen this type of boat because the details are more or less correct.

It is made from old teakwood and wire, and it is painted in enamel and ochre wall paint. The name of the boat painted on the body of the boat is Adirasa, which means higher feelings in Javanese. This is an unusual piece because Central Javanese to stay inland and rarely travel on boats.

The paint used on this boat was very common in Java in the early 1970's, and that period also coincides with the time the Indonesian government encouraged landless Javanese peasants to transmigrate to other Indonesian islands. It would seem that this boat was made at that time, as a memento of an exciting journey.

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