Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wayang Golek : Bima

Bima : is stupendously strong. He is also unsuspicious, generous, loyal and a ferocious warrior. He moves with abrupt, long steps, his voice scares enemies. His most singular feature is a pair of huge talon-like thumbnails, fearsome weapons in time of war. It symbolized honesty, strictness and bravely but also he is stubborn and sometimes impolite. Father of Raden Gotot Kaca, Antesena, and Antareja. His wife was Arimbi. He is the second of the five famous Pandawa brothers.

The Wayang has a strong tradition in the world of Java and Indonesia, representing the struggle between good and evil. This puppet is on a base and stands a little over 37". He is the largest of all the Wayang. He can be removed from the base and both the head and arms can be moved. It has very finely detailed carvings on the head, with vivid color and detailed paintings. His neck is wrapped with a beautiful snake indicating his power. The body is beautifully decorated in beads and Batik. Each puppet is individually made by hand making each unique. They are made for the artists who make the puppets for Daleng (Puppet master) Asep Sunarya who performs worldwide. These are Indonesia's finest.

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