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UNKNOWN ARTIST, NORTH BALI, TWO MEMBERS OF THE KORAWA PARTY, JAYASĖNA AND SATYASRAWA

LOr. 3390-168

Drawing on Dutch paper, watermark Concordia, countermark VdL, 34.5 x 42.2 cm

Two male figures in wayang style are facing each other, the figure on the left has brown skin, the one on the right light greyish blue. A text in Balinese script in ink bottom left says: “jaya –mb which are corrected –séna, by which Jayaséna is meant, an bottom right: “satyasrawa. The sashes of both figures with stars, dots and flowers, seem to portray the fashion in North Bali at the end of the 19th century.

Jayaséna belongs to the Korawa party. He is a son of Drestarasta. Satyasrawa is also a son of Drestarasta. There is no particular episode in the Bharatayuddha in which these two figures have a meeting. It is probable that the artist wanted to portray them merely as representatives of the Korawa party.

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