|Title||Semar dan Petruk/Semar and Petruk|
|Place||Solo, Central Java, Indonesia|
|Place of Acquisition||Triwindu Market, Solo, Central Java, Indonesia|
|Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
|Size||20cm x 30cm|
|Current Location||Palermo, Italy (Home)|
|Description||The glass painting portrays two of the Punakawan,
characters of the wayang kulit (shadow puppets) performances in Java. They 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.