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