Collection Number 23
Title Krisno and Semar
Time 1994
Time Acquisition 1994
Place Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition Rudy Antique Shop, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death) Unknown
Size 40cm x 31cm
Category (Sub-Category) Punakawan
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 The painting portrays two characters from the wayang shadow plays. Semar is one of the punakawan (clowns), but is in fact divine and very wise. He is the dhanyang (guardian spirit) of Java, and is regarded by some as the most sacred figure of the wayang set. The other character is the Hindu god Khrisna (Krisno spelled in Javanese) as portrayed with dark skin in the Javanese version of Mahabharata. In the epic, he is a cousin, an ally and advisor to the Pandhawa/Pandavas. The Pandavas refers to the five brothers namely, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, who are the main characters in the epic Mahabharata. They were the acknowledged sons fathered by Gods of Pandu, the king of Hastinapur and his two wives Kunti and Madri. The five brothers shared a wife, Draupadi. (Partly quoted from and