Collection Number 34
Title Pengantin Jawa duduk/Sitting Javanese bride and bridegroom
Time 1990 Circa
Time Acquisition 1995
Place Unknown
Place of Acquisition Antique Shop, Jl Surabaya, Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Name Painter (Place and Year of Birth-Death)
Size 33cm x 28cm
Rituals (Marriage)
Current Location Palermo, Italy (Home)
Description A pair of Javanese bride and groom sit near each other.

Marriage couples are popular subjects in glass paintings from Central Java. They refer to “pengantin Loro Blonyo” sculptures made of wood or terracotta as a symbol of prosperity and harmony. They represent Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility, protectress of rice, and her consort Raden Sadhono. Dewi Sri is a Javanese adaptation of The Indian goddess of Sri Devi, the female form of Vishnu and goddess of prosperity, fertility and beauty.  The pair of sculptures are placed in the house to emphasize harmony and foster prosperity and fertility. The glass paintings with the pair of bride and groom convey the same meaning.

This painting is a pair with #33