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Ida Bagus Made Togog

Ida Bagus Made Togog
Ida Bagus Made Togog (1913-1989; Batuan, Gianyar, Bali) first began painting in the 1930s and showed much skill in using religious lore as his themes. he was a member of the Pitamaha artists association and continued to be very productive in his later years. Togog’s works reflected the dark and mysterious sides of Balinese ritual and folklore. Awards : Wija Kusuma (Gianyar, Bali), Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1984). Collections : Museum Bali (Denpasar, Bali), Taman Budaya (Denpasar), Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, Holland), Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Leiden, Holland). Exhibitions : Singapore Art Museum (1994), “Images Power” (U.S.A., Australia, Bali, Japan, 1995-1996), Indonesia Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Grateful Animals
  Artist : Ida Bagus Made Togog
  Media : Tempera and ink on paper
  Size : 55 x 31 cm
  Year : 1950
In a fable from the Indian Tantri Kamandaka, the holy man Empu Dharmaswami rescue a tiger, monkey, snake, and goldsmith who fell into a well. The monkey gives him some fruits, and the tiger offers him the jewelry of a prince who was killed by the beast. Dharmaswami gives it to the goldsmith, who reports to the king that the holy man is a murderer and thief. Dharmaswami is arrested, but the animals come to is rescue. The tiger terrorizes the kingdom, and the snake bites the otherprince. During a curing ritual the serpent appears and says that only Dharmaswami can seve him. Thus the animals repay their debt to the priest.