Collection Number 26
Title Petruk Pangkon/Petruk takes someone on his lap
Time 1995
Time Acquisition 1995
Place Jl. Pemuda 19, Muntilan, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Place of Acquisition Studio Mendut, Muntilan, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Maryono (Muntilan 1938-2012)
Size 53cm x 40cm
Social Critique Punakawan
Current Location Palermo, Italy (Home)
Description The painting portraying Petruk, one of the Punakawan –clowns in Javanese shadow play—enjoying life, here expressing that “power corrupts”. The Javanese writing “Melik nggendong lali” says that if someone becomes rich and/or powerful forgets proper behaviour.

The calendar in the back with Indonesia’s Independence Day of 17 Augustus has political connotations. Other paintings from the same author have the identical theme and main scene, but different backgrounds as per the clipping below showing also the artist.

The painter Maryono is the younger brother of Sastrogambar –another well-known painter of glass paintings.