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Cawan and Sadri hairdressing

(circa 1938-circa 1939)


Arthur Fleischmann

Czechoslovakia, Australia, England

05 Jun 1896 - 02 Mar 1990


The models for this composition were the Balinese Legong dancers, Cawan and Sadri, cousins who trained together from the age of five.

The artist wrote of the dancers, 'because of their training and performances take up so much time and because the arranging of the performances and the transports to other villages are difficult if they are separated, Sadri was adopted by Cawan's father. They live together and can hardly ever be seen without each other'.

Of this sculpture Fleischmann notes, 'This terracotta shows a very typical attitude of the Balinese girls who, sitting on the steps of their Kampung entrances, are doing each others coiffures after having hunted through one another's head'.

Fleischmann created a number of small plaster, wax and terracotta maquettes depicting the Balinese dancers Cawan and Sadri. A bronze sculpture, cast in 1939, 'Hairdressing in Bali' is in the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, and depicts the dancers in the same intimate composition.


Other Titles


Djawan and Sadri hairdressing

Djavan and Sadri hairdressing

Place where the work was made

Bali Indonesia


(circa 1938-circa 1939)

Media category


Materials used

terracotta maquette


25.5 x 16.2 x 12.5 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Mrs Jane Ash 1992


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Fleischmann

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, Bali through a sculptor's eyes: Arthur Fleischmann 1896-1990, St. James's, 1994, 18-19. cat.nos. 7, 8, and 9 are similar sculptures of the dancers Djavan and Sadri, which Fleischmann produced between 1937 and 1939 while living in Bali.

Tatlock Miller, Catalogue for the Inaugural Exhibition by the Merioola Group of Sydney, Melbourne, 1947. possibly 2; titled 'Hairdressing'; priced 80 gns.

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Sydney links London and Bratislava', pg. 19-21, Sydney, Sep 2003, 19 (colour illus.).