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|Item-Description:||Fine Ubud painting by I Nyoman Meja depicting a procession to a festival|
|Medium:||Acyrilic on canvas|
|Origin:||Indonesia - Bali|
|Dimensions:||Length 95 cm; Height 55 cm|
|Age:||Painted early 1980's|
|Provenance:||Collected Bali 1985|
|Notes:||Signed by the artist bottom right (I Nyoman Meja – Taman Ubud – Bali)|
I Nyoman Meja (Indonesian, b. 1952) is one of the most collectable of post colonial Balinese artists. He ranks in status to other famous Balinese artists such as Affandi and Nyoman Gunarsa who captured the life and Hindu culture of the island so brilliantly.
A remnant of the Majaphahit Kingdom (1293 – ca. 1500) of South-East Asia, Bali carries the only remaining predominantly Hindu population in modern day Islamic Indonesia. As such, it exhibits its own unique ritual, spiritual and cultural life and in turn, an amazingly rich artistic tradition. One of the most famous examples of traditional Balinese ritual is the Barong Dance, typically performed in temples, and used as a narrative to convey the Balinese belief in the ongoing battle between good and evil (the universal equilibrium). This particular painting shows temple shrines, food offerings and the Barong being carried in ritual procession to be blessed prior to a major festival.
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Some recent Auction Results for I Nyoman Meja:
1) Bonhams, Hong Kong , 29 March 2018, Lot 6
Untitled, oil on canvas 1986, 101 x 77 cm., GBP 9.991
2) Bonhams, Hong Kong, 29 March 2019, Lot 63
At The Market, acrylic on linen 1975, 87 x 65cm, GBP 7,556