|Title||Petruk joged/Petruk dances|
|Place||Unknown (probably Central Java)|
|Place of Acquisition||Gito Antique Shop, Magelang-Jogjakarta Rd, Jumoyo, Salam Magelang, Indonesia|
|Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
|Size||38cm x 25cm|
|Current Location||Palermo, Italy (Home)|
|Description||One of the Punakawan, Petruk dances in a tayub performance with a joged dancer with sensual movements
while the others play in the gamelan ensemble. The tayub is a group of Javanese musicians and singer-dancers, who during the performances also involve/invite the spectators to dance along with them.
Punakawan are characters of the wayang kulit (shadow puppets) performances in Java who can best be described as jokers or clowns since they act in the comedy play performed in between the main story as intermezzo. They are often portrayed in glass paintings in various situations often as social or political commentaries.
More specifically, the Punakawan are servants to the hero of the story, regardless of who that hero is. They consist of a family with four members:
The eldest adopted orphan in the Punakawan House. He’s a mature and calm one. Lives close to nature. He is portrayed as with a short stature, often bending (to indicate caution) and with a limp leg.
Portrayed with a long nose and long limbs, Petruk is seen as a ‘nerd’ who is always experimenting with inventions.
The somewhat short and fat Bagong, but his eyes and mouth are wide, which depicts his presumptuous, yet honest and powerful character. He is like an energetic child who acts bravely yet recklessly, with the dream of becoming a superhero.