Collection Number 130
Title Buto
Time 1997
Time Acquisition 1997
Place Jogjakarta, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition From painter, Jogjakarta, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Sulasno (Wonosari 1957 – )
Size 25cm x 25cm
Current Location Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) Permanent Exhibition “Indonesian Glass Paintings: The Collection of O‘ong Maryono and Rosalia Sciortino”
Link: tranh-kinh-indonesia-en-us/
Description Decorative portray of buto (“giants”) that often appear in shadow puppets (wayang) plays. In various temples buto statues (Dwarapala) are used at the entrance to guard the temple such as in Singosari (East Java, see picture below).

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.