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Wayang kulit (shadow puppet) from Ramayana series: Gunungan (mountain) or kayon (tree of life). Flat shadow puppet cut from hide. Spade-shaped. Side one: a gold tree extending up to the point. The tree branches are filled with monkeys of various colours, peacock feathers, and birds. A large snake is wrapped around the trunk, and at the base a bull and tiger face one another. The lower section depicts a covered entrance gate with ornate roof and yellow pillars. Large Garuda(?) heads with ornate crowns flank both sides, and two crouched figure of the twin giants Cingkara bala(?) and bala Upata(?) with shields and swords. Side two: A background of fire, with bright yellow, orange and red flames extending up to the point. A large depiction of Garuda's blue face with large open mouth, fangs exposed and tongue extended, and five shorter spikes of purples extending up from the brow. The lower section has five shades from white to black. Operated by one central horn rod.

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