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Cawan and Sadri hairdressing

(circa 1938-circa 1939)


Arthur Fleischmann

Czechoslovakia, Australia, England

05 Jun 1896 - 02 Mar 1990

  • Details

    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
    © Dominique and Joy Fleischmann

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    Artist information
    Arthur Fleischmann

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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