Offerings beside a river

Historical period(s)
ca. 1800
Opaque watercolor on cotton
H x W: 25.4 x 29 cm (10 x 11 7/16 in)
Indonesia, Bali
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Henri Vever collection, Hinduism, Indonesia, river, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

A woman kneels on the banks of a river with her palms full of offerings, possibly flower blossoms, extending them out to another woman. The recipient sits in a cross-legged position on top of a textile. Her elevated position suggests she is divine. She may be the goddess Devi Sri, who is associated with fertility and wet rice cultivation. The two figures are set amid a lush jungle landscape beneath trees.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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