Musings

  • Jatim Beads

    The name Jatim is an abbreviation of Java Timor ( East Java ) and was coined as a name for a particular type of beads found in grave-sites in Eas...
  • Miss Wallace's coat

    Miss Wallace was a customer who had an extraordinary fine taste in art, in particular she loved batik. She was the aunt of one of my patients, J...
  • Bidadari

    Old Balinese woodcarving of Bidadari Bidadari are the Indonesian evocation of the apsaras from Indian mythology. They are beautiful, supernatural...
  • Bronze finial, Khakkhara

      This example of a khakkhara is from Central or East Java. Above the handle is a lotus leaf from which spring eight fantastical rhinoceros. In ...
  • Loro Blonyo - The inseparable couple

      Traditional Javanese terracotta Loro Blonyo   Loro Blonyo are a couple, Dewi Sri and her consort Sadono. Loro Blonyo is Javanese literally tra...
  • Mamuli


  • Indo-Pacific beads

    The term “Indo-Pacific” was coined by Peter Francis Jr., who defined them as small, drawn, monochrome, glass beads.  This is almost identical to ...
  • Temple deer, Kidang or Menjangan

    The significance of Balinese temple deer, called Kidang or Menjangan.
  • Buddha Beads. Natural crystal and glass hexagonal bicones.

    Buddha beads, the ancient hexagonal bi-cone bead.
  • The mythical winged lion of Bali. Singa Bersayap..

    Writing this essay as my knowledge is that of a bule (pronounced bou lay, a term used to indicate a white person or an outsider). Everything in Bal...
  • Face beads

    Face beads have fascinated bead makers for millennia. We find face beads in many cultures from the Mediterranean to  the Far East. When Iook at exa...
  • Discovering Majapahit. Article 2. A brief history of the Kingdom

    The official history of Majapahit dates from 1293 until 1478. In the west we like to think of events as progressing in a linear manner, but in fact...