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  Title : Ancient Creatures
  Artist : I Made Wianta
  Media : Acrylic and ink on canvas
  Size : 34 x 40 cm
  Year : 1981 - Gift of I Nyoman Purpa, Purpa Gallery Ubud
With fine lines and dark colors, an ancient world of fantasy is evoked. In a cloud-like mist, strange anthropomorphic beings and faces either emerge from or descend into a blocklike structure composed of equally bizarre animals and body parts. Is this a kind of Pandora's Box being opened, releasing a swarm of primitive creatures? The sombre colors also add to the mysterious mood.

  Title : Kintamani
  Artist : I Wayan Sika
  Media : Oil on canvas diptych
  Size : 90 x 90 cm each
  Year : 1995
Donated by Dr Urs Ramseyer (basel Museum of Ethnology, Switzerland)
The village of Kintamani sits on the rim of the great volcanic caldera of mount Gunung Batur. The climate is cold, with thick clouds rolling in almost daily in the late afternoon. The colors in this abstract painting reflect the misty atmosphere in addition to the bleakness of the landscape with blackened lava flows from eruptions of the active volcano.

  Title : Untitled
  Artist : I Nyoman Erawan
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 150 x 114 cm
  Year : 1990
Although untitled, there appears to be a Balinese Wadah (cremation tower) shown. The roof is viewed both from the top and side or front, crowned by a decaying red foliate ornament. Below this are geometric motifs arranged like a magically protective poleng (checkered cloth). Hourglass - shaped figures are like the traditional Balinese cili ( fertility symbol). The squares also are devided into four triangles which traditionally represent the earth. This patterned area is imperfect, appearing torn and tatered with a burned edge on the bottom. Perhaps this refers to the inevitable decay of physical things which leads to rebirt. The artist often sees ritual artifacts which he made burned during cremations.

  Title : Divine Power Of The Great Warriors
  Artist : I Made Sumadiyasa
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 147 x 118 cm
  Year : 1993 (gift of the artist)
Baris are men's warrior dances performed only during sacred rituals in Bali. Wearing peaked headdresses, keris (daggers), and bands of colorful cloth, their powerful movements exorcise evil and summon the deities down to earth where they are worshhiped by humans. Triangles evoke their crowns and are symbolic of mountains and the magic energy directed by the dancers up to the heavens. Blue, orange, and yellow drip down from the sky, representing the majestic descent of the deities in response to the divine power of the warriors.

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