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Bamboo flute, 'Pretty Princess' - Balinese Professional Grade Handmade Bamboo Flute Curate

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Balinese Professional Grade Handmade Bamboo Flute, "Pretty Princess"

A lovely young nude inspires beautiful melodies, depicted on a slender bamboo... more

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A lovely young nude inspires beautiful melodies, depicted on a slender bamboo flute. Known as a suling in Bali, the instrument is carefully crafted by Nyoman Lentong. Flutes of this type are used in the Balinese gamelan percussion orchestra, whose importance goes well beyond the pleasure of music and into the realm of ritual ceremony. Lentong shapes the buluh, or bamboo, by hand using burnt coconut ash to create the motifs. He signs it as "Pan Nasib," as he is known in his village.

  • 0.11 kgs
  • 0.2 lbs
  • 54 cm H x 3 cm Diam.
  • 21.25" H x 1.2" Diam.

  • Bamboo
  • Signed by the artist
  • Instrument Rating: Advanced/Professional quality, intended for discerning musicians
  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • Made in Indonesia.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Bali and Java
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Lentong is in his late nineties. Much of what he did with ease is now done with difficulty. Rheumatism makes carving difficult. Each of the flutes he now produces are among the last that he will make in his life - the last that he will leave to the world.

Nyoman Lentong is a Keeper of the Arts in the truest sense of the words. He has spent his life creating the traditional bamboo flutes that are a part of Balinese ritual heritage. Lentong taught himself to carve flutes using only a knife but, as he began to refine his art, he applied traditional linear paintings to the surface to merge the arts of painting and music. He continues to teach this art to his son, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren, and in this way he hopes to continue his life's work.

Now in his late 90s, Lentong still relies on the sale of his flutes to survive. The income that he receives from Novica sales provide for most of his daily needs. Just as important, these sales accord him the dignity and self reliance found in the ability to care for oneself.

Although Nyoman is in his nineties, the pain of losing two children in infancy has stayed with him all his life. He treasures his surviving child, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and showers them with care whenever he can.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

This Product is awarded the Earth Friendly badge because it uses recycled or sustainable materials or techniques.

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4 Testimonials for Nyoman Lentong

gail

Thank you. Beautifully wrapped and I love the flute very happy.

Tere

Bridgeport Connecticut USA

My flute arrived today. It is beautiful! The sound is beautiful...even the wrapping paper is beautiful! It really is a wonderful work of art. Thank you.

Renee' Lynn Woodward

Warrenton, Virginia USA

The beautiful hand made bamboo flute is without flaw and is light and made with the hands of a true Artist who lives and breathes art and music through his fingers. It is a true honor to own such a remarkable piece of art and music.
 
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