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An image of Carved wooden Balinese calendar ('tika') by
Alternate image of Carved wooden Balinese calendar ('tika') by

Bali, Indonesia

Title
Carved wooden Balinese calendar ('tika')
Place of origin
BaliIndonesia
Year
1900-1950
Media category
Woodwork
Materials used
teak wood
Dimensions

18.9 x 38.0 x 0.8 cm

Credit
Gift of the Kidd family 2004
Accession number
149.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

This is an example of an important tool in traditional Balinese life, namely the 'tika' or traditional 210-day calendar used to decide the correct timing for important activities such as festivals and harvests. The 'tika' controls the ritual of the temples and of the families for the majority of the Balinese population. For example, babies have important rituals performed for their welfare at 42, 105 and 210 days, and the festival of Galungan, when the ancestors return to visit their descendant is also set by the 'tika'. The calendar also provides a detailed scheme of auspicious and inauspicious days for virtually every activity.

Asian Art Deparment, AGNSW, 2006

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006