Miss Sasih

Dullah (1919 – 1996; Surakarta, Central Java)
Miss Sasih (Ni Sasih), 1977
Oil on canvas, 100×70 cm

“This realistic portrait is of an ideal Balinese maiden. Her name is the Sanskrit-Balinese word for “moon”, which thus equates feminine beauty with perfection of the full moon. She is dressed in a kain songket (brocade) hip-cloth and lacey kebaya (long-sleeve blouse). She is picking up a frangipan flower, thus providing a setting that takes this painting beyond mere portrature. At the top a pavilion, tree trunk, and shrine are visible.”

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