Java and Bali share the same culture and ethnic groups. Like Bali, Java is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Artistically, Bali is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. For centuries, artists and craftsmen in Bali worked under the patronage of the priests and ruling classes, decorating palaces and temples. The artists themselves were anonymous, never signing their work and usually living close together in artists' 'villages'. Generally the artists did not have much room for personal expression, as their designs followed strict aesthetic and religions guidelines. With the arrival of European artists at the start of this century, this soon began to change, and artists started developing their own individual styles.
Representing the male and female figure, this statue portrays harmony between couples. Harmony is expressed via the position of both the figures and with the continuation between them. Statues like these are interpretation of the artist and are bought by locals and tourists to adorn their homes
Wood , Batik
Height : 38″ (96.5cm)