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Grace Jewelry Display Bust Mannequin in Carved Wood

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Grace, the jewelry display bust or mannequin, is named for the formidable pop diva Grace Jones. I'm sure those who know and love the work of this amazing songtress will see a resemblance.

This striking piece was hand-carved in wood in Bali, Indonesia, which is famous for the skill of its master carvers.

There's a hole pierced through the ear for earring display, as you can see in the fotos. This piece is flat-backed with a flat bat that sits firmly with no rocking.

It's made from the Indonesian hardwood Melia Azedarach, known in Bali as jempinis and elsewhere variously as Chinaberry, Cape Lilac or White Cedar.

The Balinese use the bark, fruit and leaves for "obat" – medicinal purposes – and the wood for carving smaller decorative pieces.

The wood is quite heavy, making it more difficult to work with. This piece weighs 645 grams or a bit over 22 ounces, which of course bumps up the shipping costs unless bought by the container load.

It will ship from Bali, Indonesia, via Pos Indonesia's EMS (express mail service) which has tracking that I've found to be reliable, with delivery in 3-10 days to the United States, or 3-5 days to Australia.

If you live elsewhere, please convo me for a shipping quote and an estimation of delivery time.

I'm happy to explore bulk purchase and shipping inquiries.

Size: Approx 30cm (L) x 15cm (W) (across the shoulders)
Thickness: Approx 52mm at the base.
Weight: 645 grams or 22.75 ounces
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: Dark brown
Material: Hardwood known in Bali as jempinis (see notes above)
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali, Indonesia via Pos Indonesia's EMS (express mail service). It will be carefully packaged to prevent damage and the cost of packaging is included in the shipping fee. If you have any questions or would like a quote for delivery to countries other than the US and Australia, please convo me.

Grace Jones has frightened some people in her day and on Bali, there is another confronting woman who does a lot of frightening.

She is Rangda, the fearsome queen of the leyaks, a widow witch with bulging eyes, dishevelled hair, large fangs, a long tongue and equally long, pendulous breasts.

A leyak – or leak as the Balinese spell it (le-ak) – is basically a head with entrails that flies around looking for small children to devour.

Rangda has some apprentices, among them Celuluk – pronounced “Cheluluk” - but unlike Rangda, they're not considered sacred.

They feature prominently in Balinese cultural performances that play out the never-ending struggle between the forces of good and evil. And they're never defeated.

That's because the Balinese believe you can not have good without evil and much of their energies are devoted to maintaining balance between the two.

Masks made to represent Rangda in cultural performances are carved from the wood of trees in cemeteries.

Because the Balinese believe Rangda's evil spirit comes into the mask, only certain people can wear it – mostly pemangku (priests) – and those who wear it must be purified with holy water beforehand. And it must be carefully covered between performances.

Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy. ~ Grace Jones

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Grace Jewelry Display Bust Mannequin in Carved Wood