3880: Pair of Ethnographic Models.

Java Island, Indonesia.
Wood, pigments, brass. H: 24.5 - 25" (62.2 cm - 63.5 cm), Platforms: L: 24" (61 cm), W: 10.5" (26.7 cm), H: 3.5" (8.9 cm).
Info below was generously provided by Bruce Carpenter. Bali, Indonesia.
The statues date from ca.1880-1938. They are typical of models illustrating the native lifestyles that were made for colonial museums, fairs, etc.
They also seem to have been given as gifts and are at the least precursors of models. They represent two Javanese women.
While they both are wearing batik long cloths (kain panjang), one wears a demure kebaya top closed with the gold brooch with a coat of arms and western style crown on top.
The kebaya would be considered modern and the gold brooch signifies that she is an artistocrat. It would be the type of dress worn at an occasion that included westerners.
The second woman, who is perhaps her lady in waiting, has a sash around her waist, a kamben breast wrap covering her breasts and a selendang scarf.
This is the traditional dress inside the kraton (palace). The spittoons indicate both chew betel nut. The table stands are similar to those seen below altars.
My impression is they were handcarved and handpainted by an experienced artisan who understood anatomy and expression. They were most probably made in Yogyakarta.


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