SOLD 6 3/4" Rama - Shinta Wayang Kulit / Ramayana Shadow Puppet and Keris Silver-Plated Letter Opener

SOLD 6 3/4" Rama - Shinta Wayang Kulit / Ramayana Shadow Puppet and Keris Silver-Plated Letter Opener
Product Code: Product 232
Product Length: 17.15 cm
Product Weight: 0.50 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: $35.00
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This letter opener features Javanese shadow puppet-style depictions of Rama and Shinta, two characters from the Hindu epic the Ramayana. Although the island of Java is predominately Muslim now, there is still a great deal of respect for Hindu culture on the island. The body of the opener resembles a Javanese keris, and it comes in a box that has been hand wrapped with Javanese-batik printed paper. Together these embody some of the best of Indonesian history and culture. I have a Javanese keris at the entrance to my home, along with two wayang kulit (shadow puppets) and some great batik shirts from around Java.

This would be a great present for a pencak silat practitioner or anyone who is a fan of Indonesian culture and history, or even someone who enjoys the Ramayana. I have not yet had a chance to watch a live shadow puppet show in Indonesia, but it is definitely one of my goals!

The opener comes with English and Bahasa Indonesia descriptions of both Rama and Shinta.

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There is a great deal of detail on these openers borrowed from the actual handmade and painted leather shadow puppets that are still in use today in Indonesia.

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This opener is not available outside Indonesia, and even within Indonesia is only available in a few select locations. It is 6 3/4” long and nice and light at only half an ounce. $35.

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