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In traditional Indonesian art, the individual's expression is never as important as the strict following of the classic forms. Traditional art is always devotional or practical and is never a means of individual expression. This unique figure is definitely not the work of a traditional artist. Indeed it would appear that this statue was made at school where students learning to carve would have had access to a variety of carving tools.

Up to the 1970's Indonesia's educational system put a lot of emphasis on the learning of arts and crafts. The individual's expression was encouraged as part of the new, modern, ideology. This statue as probably made under those conditions, as the artist's eccentricities are the strongest message expressed in this solid nangka wood statue. This would date the statue as being made around 1950.

This statue is still in very good condition with only a slight crack in the wood of the base. The nave expression of the face grows on to you the more you look at it.

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