Collection Number 84
Title Arimbi
Time 1997
Time Acquisition 1997
Place Jogjakarta, DIJ, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition From painter, Jl Tungah Padi, Umbul Arjo, Jogjakarta, DIJ, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Sulasno (Wonosari 1957 –Jogjakarta 2023
Size 28cm x 22cm
Epics (Mahabharata)
Current Location Bangkok, Thailand (Home)
Description Arimbi (or Hdimbi) is a wayang character of the Mahabharata. According to the epic, the powerful King of Ogres/Giants sent his army into the forest to attack Bima, the second of the Pandava (Pandawa) brothers. A magical fog is used to weaken and subdue him. In his distress, he calls out for help, and promises he will become the brother of a male rescuer and the husband of a female rescuer. Arimbi, a female giant/ogre, has been watching Bima and hears his promises. Having fallen in love with him, she releases him from the fog and provides him with a powerful spell to protect himself. Bima, however, breaks his promise and rejects Arimbi as she is an ogre. Arjuna and his servant intervene and transform Arimbi into a beautiful woman (though to Bima’s eyes only). Bima relents in his earlier rejection of her and Adimbi becomes his wife and the mother of Gatotkacs –a great warrior and an important figure in the Mahābhārata war

The idea for the painting was provided by the late O’ong Maryono with the plan to realize small decorative paintings to give to friends.