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Balinese people Case for fighting cock spurs 19th century Place made: Bali, Indonesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, pigments, gold leaf, metal hinges and catch wood, pigments, gold leaf, metal hinges and catch
Dimensions: 24.0 h x 30.0 w x 3.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1968
Accession No: NGA 68.87.30
  • Throughout Indonesia, animal sacrifice is an important aspect of rituals to appease demonic spirits and purify the village after a catastrophe. Cockfights are regarded as appropriate blood offerings since demons are thought to be fond of chicken blood. The case, which was used to keep the spurs that were attached to the feet of the battling cock, is painted with heroic and demonic figures.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
    From: Asian gallery extended display label