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Balinese Repoussed & Chased Silver Offering Bowls

Bali, Indonesia
early 20th century

heights: 4.5cm, diameters: 11.6cm, combined weight: 211g

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Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of ethnographica mostly from Borneo and Indonesia.

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.

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