Bali, Indonesia

Acquired in Central Java

Late 19th/Early 20th C.
Wood, pigments

50 cm
The East Indies Museum
IDN: 19-698-1226


Initially, we described this piece as a Kinnari which is a celestial half-woman, half-bird statue found throughout SE Asia and India. Its male counterpart is referred to as a Kinnara. However, we have received comments from both Bruce Carpenter and Garrett Solyom - two widely recognized scholars of Balinese culture - that this piece actually originates from Bali and is called Kumara. Kumara's are used to hang nearby a newborn's bed and protect the child from evil spirits. Since this piece has a striking similarity to a Kinnari, there may be a connection between the two.

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