Turtle Shape Hand Painted Decorative Box from Bali, "Rangda Turtle"
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Carved from crocodile wood, this jewelry box takes the shape of a sea turtle. Gusti Ngurah Semarajaya paints the piece by hand, depicting Rangda on the lid. A symbol of all that is evil, the witch is described in the Hindu epic Ramayana. She is the Balinese manifestation of Durga, goddess of the underworld. The petite box is lined in black velvet.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Gusti Ngurah Semarajaya has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $500 and the most recent for $1000. Proceeds were used to invest in wood and additional labor for production.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
Gusti now has artisan assistants who help with the hand-painting of his designs. Each of these assistants works from home.