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Layonsari Carved Bone Cabochon

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This pretty Layonsari carved bone cabochon features a flowering vine so I named it for a flower seller who is at the centre of a Balinese love story.

The cab was crafted in Bali, home of the Indonesia's best carvers of bone, shell, horn, stone and wood.

While this piece is seemingly delicate, bone is durable enough to craft treasured heirlooms that will last through the ages.

Bone worn against the skin absorbs natural oils from your skin and, over time, it will turn a more golden colour.

You could also use this piece on a scrapbook page, a wedding card, or an off the page project.

These are stock photos so please note that you are not purchasing the ones shown here. Yours will be very similar.

Size: Approx 43mm (L) x 13mm (W) – 1¾ in (L) x ½ in (W)
Thickness: Approx 4mm
Weight: Approx 2 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: Ivory or cream colour, depending on the age and denisty of the bone used to create the piece.
Material: Cow bone, flat-backed, not drilled
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly have to sign for it upon delivery. It will be shipped in a padded post pack to protect it and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. Please recycle the pack. Please see my shop policies before purchasing.
Extra info: While this piece is sturdy, please take care not to catch it in hair or clothing when removing it if worn as a pendant.

Just like in the West, the Balinese love a good love story and there's even an equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. It's the tale of Jayaprana and a beautiful flower seller named Layonsari and just like Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers, it ends in tragedy.

As a child, Jayaprana had been orphaned and adopted by the king of Kalianget, not far from Lovina. In adulthood, Jayaprana was urged by his adoptive father to find a wife but when he fell in love with Layonsari, the king suddenly wanted her for himself.

The king hatched a plan to kill Jayaprana and sent him off to a forest in the West of Bali with the kingdom's head guard, I Saunggaling. The guard tried unsuccessfully to carry out the king's order to kill Jayaprana and eventually confessed his mission and the king's ulterior motive to the young man.

Though he loved Layonsari more than anything, Jayaprana felt immense loyalty to the man who had shown him great kindness all his life and decided to let Saunggaling kill him. He even handed over his own keris (Balinese dagger) to the guard who wept as he used it to fulfill the king's wishes.

On hearing of Jayaprana's death, Layonsari refused the king's advances and committed suicide, plunging a keris into her own chest. The villagers carried Layonsari's body to the forest and reunited her with Jayaprana, burying them in the same grave.

Most Balinese believe this to be a true story and it's been handed down through the generations. My friend, singer Ayu Laksmi grew up in Singaraja and recalls her grandmother telling the story.

There is actually a gravesite in the West Bali National Park, in a place known as Teluk Terima. Ayu remembers visiting it when she was a young girl, about 30 years ago. You pass the spot en route from Singaraja to Gilimanuk. It faces Menjangan Island with views across to the sea to the mountains of East Java.

The story of these young lovers endures to this day in traditional songs, dances and theatre, Bali's Hollywood equivalent!

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"Blow O wind to where my loved one is. Touch him and come touch me soon. I'll feel his gentle touch through you and meet his beauty in the moon. These things are much for the one who loves. One can live by them alone: that he and I breathe the same air and that the Earth we tread is one." ~ From the ancient Hindu epic, the Ramayana
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Layonsari Carved Bone Cabochon


  • Craft type: Jewelry making
  • Material: bone
  • Ships worldwide from Indonesia
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