Do you love the cultural mix of Indonesia’s Treasures? Is Bali one of your favorite stops or dream vacations? Then look no further. The expert salvage scouts of Tampa Bay Salvage will know just which of Indonesia’s treasures you are searching for.
Several cultural practices largely influence Indonesian culture. There is a mix of influences present along the trade routes between South Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East where Indonesia sits. And, the religions depicted in the art include Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Islam and form this rich and vibrant culture.
With treasures sharing heritage from other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, Indonesia’s antiques have shared roots. Being along a trade route makes the antiques even more varied. Here is a list of some of the highly sought-after antiques of Indonesian’s treasures and trinkets.
When searching for Indonesia’s antique weapons, the Keris is the most treasured piece. The Keris is a type of dagger used by the biggest empires in Southeast Asia. Intricate patterns are formed on the blade and handle by alternating iron and nickel.
Made popular in the 1800s, these lamps come in many designs, from plain to very ornate. Today, collectors use them as decoration, but once lit the Indonesian homes’ homes and halls.
These puppets, called Wayang Kuilt or “skin puppets,” were made from stretched leather. Collectors highly value them as they represent Indonesian culture.
And another type of puppet prevalent in the antique treasures of Indonesia is the carved “marionette” type. With moving parts and delicate carvings, these puppets provided entertainment and ritual for the ancients of Indonesia.
Used from approximately the 1950s to the 1970s, these were a staple of transportation. They have begun a resurgence of popularity as a statement against global warming.
These masks are perhaps the most iconic of Indonesia’s treasures and antiques. Performing in masks blessed by a Hindu priest, the masks were said to have come to life. Becoming one with the actor, the masks each represented a different character used in sacred performances. They are hand-carved from wood and often feature red, black, and gold paints.
Woodworking is one of the most prevalent forms of craft in Indonesia. The hand-carved wall art from the lotus carvings to ornate and intricate pieces is quite the valued piece of art. The most utilized wood was teak for its durability and beauty.
The Temple carvings and statures depicted various deities and tribal rituals. They were crafted from wood, bone, iron, and other metals. Celebrating many of the different religions, you never know what you will find in an Indonesian sculpture.
These intricately woven scarves, sarongs, and fabrics depict geometric, ikat, batik, and floral designs adorned with many colors. The handstitching shows intricate design and great care.
Architectural salvage from Indonesia will include pieces from temples long ago destroyed. Saving and designing these finds into art for walls, to display on countertops, and more is the delight of the curator.
For more than 20 years, Tampa Bay Salvage has been scouring the globe for those unique and antique finds perfect for your design tastes and historical views. Along with our shopping savvy, we offer metal fabrication and furniture creation to make your vision for the found piece a reality.
So, stop by and explore the showroom full of treasures from all over the world. From the antiques, the unique, the vintage, and the classic, we have a bit of it all.
All this to say, we are proud to serve the Tampa Bay area, so come in and dream of the possibilities with us.
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