The weather was lovely on the weekend, so I headed to explore a little more of my temporary home by taking a taxi to the Antiques Markets just off Jl. Diponegoro. What a treasure trove, especially for a chinoiserie and blue and white china nut, like me.
There is a whole street full of wonderful antique stalls. Entering any one of them is like a visit to Aladdin's cave.
|I think I could have found a genie in a brass lamp here if I polished pieces long enough!|
|Variations on this beautiful seated noble couple are very popular here in Indonesia, as are the puppets behind them.|
|Loads of masks|
|Fabulous stringed instruments|
|There were a couple of these grotesque carvings from Kalimantan.|
|Still more puppets!|
|The very thing for brother Tony's dental surgery!|
These were my four top objects of desire - sadly either a bit big to bring home or a little over budget for my first visit. But I am bound to be back, once I have brushed up my rusty haggling skills!
|1. Chinese garden stool with cranes|
|2. Jardiniere with peacock|
|3. Buddha (and there was a gorgeous bronze deer in the same stall)|
|4.Wonderful brass pot with bird design|
Instead, I settled on some colourful table runners from Timor that I just love... and I will definitely be back!