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Beautiful old shadow puppet of Kayon ( gunungan) 

The Kayon Tree of Life is a cultural and spiritual symbol associated with the Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia. The word "Kayon" itself means tree or wood in the Balinese language. The Kayon Tree of Life is often depicted in traditional Balinese art, particularly in the form of wood carvings, shadow puppet and paintings.

The representation of the Kayon Tree of Life typically features a tall, stylized tree with branches and roots extending in various directions. The tree is often adorned with mythological creatures, deities, and symbols, reflecting the interconnectedness of life, nature, and spirituality in Balinese Hinduism.

The Kayon Tree of Life is not just a mere artistic motif; it holds deep cultural and religious significance. It is often associated with the concept of Mount Meru, which is considered a sacred and cosmic mountain in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions. The tree symbolizes the axis mundi, connecting the earthly realm with the spiritual realm.

In Balinese rituals and ceremonies, the Kayon Tree of Life is sometimes used as a symbolic representation of the cosmos and the divine forces that govern it. The intricate carvings and details on the Kayon Tree often tell stories from Hindu mythology, emphasizing the Balinese belief in the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth.


Code: GUN16

Height:  cm

Width:  cm

Material: genuine leather

Beautiful old shadow puppet Kayon - the tree of life


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