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Raden Roedyat Martadiradja

Raden Roedyat Martadiradja
Raden Roedyat Martadiraja (1930- ; Bandung, West Java) studied at the Institute Teknology Bandung (ITB, Bandung Institute of Technology) in West Java. His works are rich in color with themes ranging from exotic flowers to beautiful women to elaborate ceremonies. Exhibitions: East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii, 1988), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Royal Cremation Ceremony
  Artist : Raden Roedyat Martadiradja
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 120 x 120 cm
  Year : 1979
Balinese cremation artifacts are made of wood, bamboo, cloth, and brightly colored paper so that they can be burned along with the body on its journey to the netherworld. During the royal palebon (cremation) of Ubud’s prince Cokorde Gede Agung Sukawati (1910-1978) in 1979, his mortal remains were carried in a huge procession in a tall bade (tower) to the cemetery and then placed in a black bull patulangan (sarcophagus) where they were burned. A huge nagabanda (binding serpent) escorted his soul to the netherworld.