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Ida Bagus Made Poleng

Ida Bagus Made Poleng
Ida Bagus Made Poleng (1915-1999; Tebasaya, Gianyar, Bali), better known as Ida Bagus Made, first learned painting from his father, Ida Bagus Made Kembeng (1897-1952), a Pitamaha artists’ association member who won the Argent Certificate of Merit and a Silver Medal at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, France. Poleng also was a member of Pitamaha. Some of his works featured figures based on diagrams of balinese magic. Under the influence of Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch, 1895-1978), he focused instead on scenes of daily life with more naturalistic looking figures and foliage in softer colors. Awards : Wija Kusuma (Gianyar, Bali), Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1980). Collections : Taman budaya (Denpasar, Bali), Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, Holland), Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Leiden, Holland). Exhibitions: Museum Nasional (Jakarta, Indonesia , 1995).
  Title : Cockfight
  Artist : Ida Bagus Made Poleng
  Media : Tempera And Ink On Canvas
  Size : 70 x 57 cm
  Year : 1971
In Balinese rituals, the spilling of blood during tajen (cockfights) is meant to appease the buta-kala (demonic forces) which otherwise would create disturbances and disrupt the ceremonie. Specially bred roosters are taken in cages to a clearing or arena. A referee and time-keeper control the activities. Gambling is very much a part of this male dominated pastime. male dominated pastime. Women, however, usually are nearby and sell food and drinks. A vendor here grates coconut for her sweets as a man passes by with his flock of ducks.