Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wayang Golek : Burisrawa

Raden Burisrawa.

He was an unpolite and arrogant giant. Salya has a giant boy as God’s punishment because he hated his own father-in-law, who was a giant. Everywhere Burisrawa always talked and laughed noisily. As a bad guy, he made a good friend of Korawa. He was madly in love with Subadra or Sembadra, the wife of Arjuna. Once, he abducted Sembadra from Madukara, Arjuna’s palace. Luckily Antareja and Gatotkaca, the sons of Bima knew and saved her. In Baratayuda, he was killed during his fight with his long time enemy Setyaki.

The wayang has a strong tradition in the world of Java and Indonesia, representing the struggle between good and evil. This rare wayang golek puppet is on a base and stands a little over 31". 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. This is a truly beautiful collectors piece. The body is beautifully decorated in beads and Prada Batik. Each puppet is individually made by hand making each unique. These are performance puppets, used in the actual shows. They are made for the artists who make the puppets for Asep Sunarya (puppet master) who performs worldwide.

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