Posted by Padang Cahaya on August 9, 2011

The developing of wood in Indonesia from earliest times, provided the people with the raw materials to produce functional and artistic artefacts. Many motifs found in prehistoric artefact used bronze in woodcarving. Indian influences from around the first century AD led to the developing of a new designs.

Introduction of Islam in the 21th century made some of the designs were lost. The existing motifs that remain today are influenced most with religious style.

Climatic condition problem have eliminated some remain of wooden artefacts from a very early date, it's not leaving many evidence, but it seemed the woodcarving was an early from of artistic expression.

So, we have known now that woodcarving is an old art and keep developing into many from and designs.

Adapted from Indonesian Heritage: Visual Art, 2003

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