The Wayan Rendah Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geograhic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Wayan Rendah in Indonesia. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase. The trancelike yogi bows his body and presses his head against open palms, rocking back and forth on folded legs. The muscles and tendons of his arms and legs are stretched tautly as he prays with unrelenting fervor. This suar wood sculpture by Wayan Rendah masterfully communicates the yogi's piety, religious asceticism, and self-denial. Yogis are holy men and great mystics, many of whom also possess the gift of prophecy. They are beloved figures in the countryside, and villagers will feed and care for the yogis as they roam from region to region searching for perfect purity and knowledge through meditation, ecstatic trances and frightening self-mortification. ; About the Artist: Wayan Rendah; Wayan Rendah's father began teaching him to sculpt when he was a boy. ''Balinese woodcarving touches me very deeply. I have learned a variety of arts in Bali, such as gamelan dance, but carving a piece of wood gives me an incomparable sensation,'' he says. ''After I finished school, I studied further because I needed more experience, and the tools and material I needed were beyond my financial reach. Exploring the abstract world refreshes my mind in creating new carvings.''
- Rocking back and forth on folded legs
- Muscles and tendons of arms and legs stretched tautly
- Unrelenting fervor
- Religious asceticism, and self denial design
- Hand crafted artisan quality
- Each artwork is unique
- Suar wood construction
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