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Carved Wooden Calendar with Lime Highlights
Bali or Lombok, Indonesia
circa 1935

height: 22.5cm, width: 8.5cm

Calendars were used on Bali and Lombok to determine the correct time for festivals, rituals associated with rice planting, and horoscopes. Calendars were
either painted on cotton cloth, or carved from wooden boards as is the case with this example.

Lombok carved wooden calendars tended to be smaller and less elaborate than their Balinese counterparts, although some Balinese examples also are small.

The example here is carved with a stylised bird at the top; then a leafy border; followed by 35 squares (seven days by five weeks for the Balinese/Lombok
month of 35 days) that are engraved with a series of crosses, lines, circles and other markings; and then finally another leafy border. A similar example is
illustrated in Gardan (1987, p. 144) and attributed to Tabanan, West Bali, circa 1935.

The engraving is highlighted with lime powder which has been rubbed into the depressions. This powder, made from crushed, burned seashells and limestone
is the same as that used in the betel quid that was chewed for mild narcotic effect.

The calendar is in fine condition and is without cracks, repairs or chips.

References:
Breguet, G., & J. Couteau, Un Autre Temps: Les Calendriers Tika de Bali, Somogy Editions D'Art, 2002.
Gardan, D., 'Balinese wooden calendars',
Arts of Asia, March-April 1987.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 2648 SOLD

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