Silver work done in Kotagede Yogyakarta, an important silver crafting place

As in the case of textiles, Indonesians have been producing a large variety of containers, based on various fibres.  Even in 2015, particularly well made  new pieces, produced in Lombok or Bali were sold in large Jakarta  supermarkets.  Below some old and new  baskets collected in the 70's.

Two quite similar antique Indonesian brass bowls.

Batak door panel, north Sumatra. Beautifully carved and well preserved. Probably end 19th/ early 20th C. Door decorations were common in many Indonesian cultures

Traditional Textile  Tools

Antique cane - horn, silver and black wood

Traditional Basket weaving 

Kris are asymetrical Malay daggers, not only weapons but also spiritual and status symbols..They have a very long tradition appearing already in the bas-reliefs of  the Borobudur, the Prambanan and the Sukuh temples. Making Kris blades required great skills in metal working.

Wood statue apparently from Singaraja, north Bali, one single piece of wood carved and painted. Two inscriptions not identified.

Does  perhaps T. H. meanTahun = year in Indonesian = year 1225, thus 1810 ? Any suggestion welcome !

Lombok, peculiar wood carved spoon and fork.

Each region of Indonesia has been producing its own traditional clothes, with its own raw materials and natural dyes resulting in a great  variety of techniques and designs. clothes. The site   gives some basic information.

Below a few traditional tools : a decorated bamboo spinning spindle , a copper  batik "cap"  (stamp) and a "canting" to contain and apply hot wax in order to design handmade batik.

Batak Calendar, north Sumatra. For details (site)

Below : imported antique Dutch silver box purchased in Jakarta. Two hallmarks : G7S (Gerardus Schoorl, silversmith in Zaandijk 1875/1914) and the sterling  lion.  Very fine work Dim. D 8.2 x H 4 cm

Antique Indonesian Kendi- water cooling vessel

Silver work

Series of 6 ivory Netsuke (site) purchased in Jakarta in the 70's : Fish. frog. mice in bag and mice with egg, horse and ram (imported or made under Japanese occupation ?)

Betel Nuts box, Sumba. Body: squash decorated with the main symbols of the Island the  lion and the horse. Top : Carved wood.


Antique Indonesian pan Iron. Burning coal or hot sand were put inside to keep the iron hot.

Ani Ani or Ketam, traditional hand held harvesting rice knife.It was almost exclusively used by women until the 70's when it was replaced by the much more efficient sickle used by men and later by machines.

Antique Colonial Glass containers, H : 17  cm , probably imported. No further information !

Java Household ware 

Set of 16 blades for Balinese cock fights, in a wooden box, 50' or early 60's. Cock fighting is a thousand years old tradition in Indonesia, but when associated with  gambling it is prohibited (since 1981). 

Parang and Kris

A very Rich cultural Heritage, 

In the 70's a renown silversmith from Jakarta, Mr Spiro produced beautiful anthropomorphic silver objects. He also monted antique ceramic sherds  on elegant silver settings (see above)..

Cast Iron incense burner ?

The extremely rich diversity of Indonesian crafts is well described in at least two websites namely Facts and Figures, Indonesian Crafts link  and Living in Indonesia, Indonesian Arts and Crafts link . These sites  illustrate the extraordinary scope of talents past and present.

The pictures below show and describe some of the simple pieces availablet in the 70's and 80's.

Balinese Ivory Couple, signed I.B Menuh given to us in the 70's. Exceptionally elegant fine work. In the 70's / 80's (probably until today) Bali was also one of the world finest producers of wood carvings.

Traditional Wood Carving

Antique cast Iron Indonesian cooking pan

Antiques and Art in Indonesia

Antique Chinese hand carved wood Panels, red and gold. They used to decorate Indonesian Chinese homes (beds, doors, partitions).