Abas Alibasjah(1928- ; Purwakarta, West Java) studied at the Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta, Central Java, from 1950-1956. He also taught at many schools and universities in Yogyakarta, including ASRI and Universitas Gajah Mada. His works are balanced compositions of color and form. Award:Piagam Anugerah Seni (Indonesia, 1975). Exhibitions: Festival of Indonesia (U.S.A., 1990-1992), center for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996).
|During an odalan (temple anniversary ceremony), different acitivities take place for a rame (boisterous, busy) mood. The candi bentar (split gateway) is flanked by dressed demon statues to prevent evil from entering the temple. Penjor (decorated bamboo effering poles), lamak (long palm leaf banners), and a shrine outside the gate with offerings welcome the visiting deities. Slender umbul-umbul (banners) arch up from inside the temple. In the meantime, high banten (offerings)are carried by woman on their heads, the holiest part of the body. Men squat around gambling games or buy snacks and drinks from vendors.|