Returning to Bali after a 20 year absence was a memorable experience.
There were many highlights but one clear memory shines through – the love and skill of Balinese craftsmen and artists for nature and for art. Their reverence for life and the harmony so created in these works of art creates a feeling of peace and well-being.
Look at the simplicity and serenity of these woodcarvings and sculptures – seen at the two Four Seasons resorts in Jimbaran and Bali – and at studios lined up along the roadside near Ubud, silent armies of buddhas and Hindu deities waiting patiently for a home.
If I could have done a deal on excess baggage, a lot of these statues would have been coming home with me.
I imagine that in the past, these crafts and skills would have been mainly reserved for royalty and religious purposes so largely unseen by you and I. A king’s loss is certainly our gain and I guess in the most simplistic terms, with their aggressive invasion and subsequent restorative protection & promotion of Balinese art and culture, we have the Dutch to thank for that.
Contributor: Sue Lowry
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