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Bamboo flute, "White Dragon Song III"

Nyoman Lentong pays tribute to the Chinese white snake legend with this... more

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Nyoman Lentong pays tribute to the Chinese white snake legend with this beautifully crafted flute. Bai SuZhen was a snake who became a beautiful woman. Unaware that she was really a snake, a young scholar fell deeply in love with her. But a monk who knew the truth banished Bai SuZhen to the bottom of a deep well and saved the scholar's soul, though it is said his heart was broken.

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 bamboo by hand, using burnt coconut ash to create the motifs. He signs it as "Pan Nasib," as he is known in his village.

Because each flute is individually handcrafted, size may vary up to +/- 1.5 cms.

  • 0.15 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs

  • Bamboo
  • Instrument Rating: Advanced/Professional quality, intended for discerning musicians
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Marked with artist's initials or trademark
  • Made in Indonesia.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Bali and Javaicon info
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"Magic. Absolute Magic."

If I could give this review more than 5 stars, I would. This traditional flute by Nyoman Lentong is the most beautiful, spectacular flute I have ever owned. The sound is magnificent, and it is truly a veritable time machine. Crafted by an artisan who turned 100 years old this year, the level of precision, skill and cultural experience that went into the production of this instrument will rarely if ever again be seen in this world. Truly, this has become one of my most treasured possessions, and a friend who will accompany me the rest of my life.

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White Dragon Song III, Bamboo flute

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"Wonderful sound"

A real work of art and it sounds amazing.

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Fable Song, 96th Birthday Edition Balinese Flute

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Confronting Adversity

Confronting Adversity

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.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

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.

Profound Impact

Profound Impact

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.

Caring for Children

Caring for Children

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.

Elder Master

Elder Master

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

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