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  Title : Collecting Coral
  Artist : Nasjah Djamin
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 70 x 90 cm
  Year : 1980
In Bali coral is gathered from offshore reefs for building material. Women do a lot of hard labor in Bali that men refuse to do. On a hot and calm day at the beach women emerge from the sea with heavy loads in baskets on their heads, establishing a rhythm in the painting. The soft colors used for the smooth sand and sea contrast with the rough texture of coral in the foreground.

  Title : Dancers
  Artist : Bagong Kussudiardjo
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 143 x 295 cm
  Year : 1990
Rows of faceless dancers dressed like Balinese baris (warrior or line dance) march across like a ritual procession. Rhythms are established with strong strokes, repeated paterns, and legs raised in dancelike positions. The background also echoes their movements. Variations occur in skin tones, decorative use of colors, and motifs in costumes.

  Title : Tiger Barong
  Artist : Popo Iskandar
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 94 x 120 cm
  Year : 1977
In Bali a barong is a protective spirit usually in the form of an animal mask and body animated by two dancers, one for the head and the other for the tail end. The tiger face here is fanged and wide-eyed to frighten away evil. While the overall color scheme is rather dark and frightening, highlights of yellow around the face glow and show some sort of power emanating from this protective and respected creature. The painting is very graphic, strong, and expressive.

  Title : Ceremony At Besakih Temple
  Artist : Widayat
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 100 x 70 cm
  Year : 1983
The Ekadasa Rudra (Elevan Howling Destroyers) ceremony is held only once a century in Bali at the Besakih temple on the slopes of Mount Agung to purify the entire universe. It last took place in 1979 and involved thousands of people in months of ritual preparations. At the temple colorfully dressed women climb a steep bamboo ramp to place offerings in the high sanggah tawang (shrine to the heavens). A multiple roofed meru (pagoda) is visible in the upper left.

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  Title : Going To The Market
  Artist : Hendra Gunawan
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 135 x 240 cm
  Year : 1981
Villagers wind their way down from the mountains to a distant market under a tree. Their toes are spread wide apart, showing that they walk a lot. A man holds a fighting rooster in a hand-held basket, while a woman carries a basketful of chickens for sale on her head. In Bali, women usually carry things on their heads, even a small table full of snacks and drinks to sell. Along the path women rest and nurse a baby . All the figures have unusual skin colors and bright clothing, adding to this bold and graphic scene of typical village life in Bali.

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