This pair of silver bowls (bokor) have been repoussed all the way around their sides with garuda-like karang tapel head motifs and foliage and flowers. The bases have been engraved with floral sun-burst motifs. The rims are folded over and reinforced to give each bowl’s structure more strength.
Such bowls were used to present floral and fruit offerings at a temple and at the altar of a family compound. They might have been piled high with offerings and then lighted incense sticks would be inserted as well. (Nowadays, a plastic or aluminium metal bowl will serve the purpose.)
The two bowls are a pair, however the motifs differ slightly, particularly the composition of thekareng tapel faces.
Both bowls are in fine condition and are free of repairs and dents.
Meulenbeld, B.C., et al,Budaya Indonesia: Arts and Crafts in Indonesia, Tropenmuseum, 1988.
Ramseyer, U., The Art and Culture of Bali, Oxford University Press, 1977.