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- Date of production 2nd half of the 19th century
- Place of creation Indonesia, Java
- Dimensions height: 74 cm (woman); 87 cm (man)
- ID no. 61771/mek (woman), 61770/mek (man)
- Availability non-european collections of The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków
- Object copyright The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Loro Blonyo – sculptures of a young couple representing Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice, and her husband Sadhono. The Loro Blonyo figures are an inseparable couple. Like the deities, they are considered symbols of fertility, granting the ability to have many descendants and to ensure good harvests, happiness, and prosperity, as well as a long life in good health and peace.more
Loro Blonyo – sculptures of a young couple representing Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice, and her husband Sadhono. The Loro Blonyo figures are an inseparable couple. Like the deities, they are considered symbols of fertility, granting the ability to have many descendants and to ensure good harvests, happiness, and prosperity, as well as a long life in good health and peace. In the traditional homes of central Java, in particular in the palaces and houses of the wealthy, they had a special room where they were placed before a ceremonial bed serving as a place of rest for the deities. The figures reflected the position of a family; the more impressive and refined the sculptures, the higher the social status of the family. Their presence in a house guaranteed prosperity and a long life together; their appearance and characteristics vary depending on a particular village or region.
The young couple are dressed in traditional costumes – properly draped batik sarongs tied around the waist with a decorative belt. The bride's hairstyle and the groom's headgear are also traditional. The way of seating is also specially defined – with crossed or pulled-up legs in the half-lotus position. During the marriage ceremony, carved figures representing deities were temporarily replaced by a real bride and groom dressed in traditional clothes, who had to remain in the same seated motionless position as the figures because only then could they count on the goddess's blessing, prosperity and fruitful marriage. The groom usually sits on the right, and the bride on the left, though it is the opposite in Surakarta. Sometimes, instead of seated figures, Javanese puppets depicting Arjuna and Subhadra can be seen, which are depictions of Vishnu and Sri Devi.
In the modern homes of the Javanese society there are no longer special rooms and ceremonial beds for these figures. Although they can still be found in many homes, they no longer fulfil their ritual functions.
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