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Wooden Trays, Bowls, and Cups of Indonesia


(U099) Oval Teak Tray with Feet £65


(U093) £


(U126) £


(U097) Timor Coconut Cup £40


(U098) Timor Wood Bowl £50


(U105) Kudus, Java Turned Teak Dish £45


(U100) Madura Chopping Board £85


(U104) Madura Teak Tobacco Bowl with Lid £60


(U047) Sumbawa Coconut Cup £28


(U074) Sumbawa Coconut Cup £28

U060 U106 U160

Central Java Wood Trays

Generically there are two types of Central Java wood trays namely the dhulang, which is used to cool cooked rice and is a large round tray and the nampan which is a rectangular tray used for serving glasses of tea or coffee. The dhulang is the more traditional utensil and usually they are older than the nampan. The youngest nampan in Indostan's collection would have been made around 1950, while the dulangs would be several decades earlier than that. Wooden utensils began to become obsolete in Java households in the 1970's when Indonesia opened up to foreign investment and cheap plastic and aluminum quickly took the place of water buffalo horn, coconut shells, gourds, terracotta, wood and bamboo as the chosen material for household and kitchen utensils.

The modernization was especially abrupt in the rural cultures which were based around the community's rhythm of planting and reaping the rice fields as early in the 1970's the government banned the planting of indigenous rice seeds in favor of new genetically modified rice seeds that were high yielding. The cultural changes that occurred because of this so called 'Green Revolution' were immense. All the rituals and celebrations associated with the planting and reaping and stowing of rice and the fertility goddess Dewi Sri and her consort Sadana became obsolete and global capitalism took over the village economy which hitherto was more or less subsistent.

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