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Paintings in the Temple

Paintings in the Temple
E074196 Painting - Detail, Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia. Ider Ider detail 
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photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Gregory Millen
 
Kamasan or classical Balinese paintings are used in different contexts - sacred and secular. They decorate temples to delight gods and enhance ceremonial splendor, but can also play an active role in rituals where deities actually descend into paintings.
Paintings decorate royal palaces and residences of nobles to enhance the status of aristocrats and people of influence. Paintings decorate modest local temples, private homes, public spaces, galleries and museums. They are sold and given as gifts to Balinese and foreigners. They can be bought at the markets or commissioned from accomplished artists.
In 1978 Anthony Forge, who initiated major research project on Kamasan paintings, observed that ‘the position of Balinese traditional painting within this complicated cultural and social framework is far from clearcut.’ Perhaps now, in the 21st century, it is even clearer that Kamasan paintings are commodities in the globalised market where art and culture is for sale along rice, meat and steel.
And yet it would be hard to imagine and understand Kamasan paintings exclusively as works of art or purely as decorations. For this reason, Anthony Forge and other scholars, including Adrian Vickers, have attempted to understand and explain Balinese paintings in their ritual role, in the temple where paintings are a part of sacred decorum and the paraphernalia of worship.

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