Musings

  • 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...
  • The story of one necklace

    The strand of old and ancient beads, Catalogue 35 In many cultures there are beads that are treasured and passed down through the generations as ...
  • The story of the making of Trungpa Teaching

    Often in a piece of wood, what it is going to become is embedded. My task as the carver is to bring out the hidden story. This is a story of the ma...