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Door Lintel of the “Prince’s House”

late 19th century/early 20th century

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The carving on a Balinese house’s doors, windows, and columns indicates the owner’s social status. Elaborate ornamentation is found especially in buildings of public interest. Typical decorative elements include the horned bhoma heads, which are believed to deter negative forces and influences. Such a figure, with bulging eyes and sharp teeth, can be seen embedded in floral and bird motifs on the wood door lintel of the “Prince’s House”.

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  • Title: Door Lintel of the “Prince’s House”
  • Date Created: late 19th century/early 20th century
  • Type: Door lintel
  • Publisher: Museum of Ethnology Hamburg
  • Rights: Museum of Ethnology Hamburg | Photo: Brigitte Saal
  • External Link: Homepage Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
  • Medium: wood, pigment
  • on display: A Dream of Bali
  • Date of Acquisition: 1994
  • Context of Origin: Bali, Indonesia
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