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Title

Astrological calendar (palelintangan)

circa 1960

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Astrological Calendar (for selecting auspicious days)
    Place where the work was made
    Bali Indonesia
    Date
    circa 1960
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    pigment on cloth
    Dimensions
    121.8 x 147.9 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Donald Friend 1972
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    60.1972
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    The Balinese calendar integrates the Indian-derived lunar (saka) calendar with an indigenous system of weekly cycles (wuku) which constitute a 210-day year made up of different sequences of named days. The 210-day year consists of 30 seven-day weeks, each with its own name. Running concurrently with the seven-day weeks are a set of other ‘weeks’ of varying numbers of days. The five and seven-day weeks are the most important, because together they produce the 35 day month (tumpek) which is an important period of prognostication, particularly with regard to the date of birth. The tumpek is the most frequently painted calendar and is known as palelintangan, after lintang, the constellations. Each of the 35 cells have a constellation name at the top left and the calendar covers every combination of the five and seven-day weeks. The seven days are vertical columns with the God, wayang figure, bird and tree appropriate to that day at the top and the animal and demonic figures (buta) at the bottom. Each day of the five-day week is a horizontal row, and as both weeks run at the same time the days succeed one another diagonally.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2014

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Bali