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Jakarta Post

Sihhanto: A wayang master craftsman

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi


Surakarta   /   Fri, June 22 2012   /  11:51 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiKanjeng Raden Tumenggung Sihhanto Dipuro from the Surakarta Sultanate Palace displayed his wayang beber, a hand-painted scroll depicting legendary figures of eastern Javanese kingdoms, at the Hughes Gallery in Adelaide, Australia, from March to April.

Wayang beber was chosen because the story-telling art is very rare and Sihhanto’s scroll is based on an original source, comprising 24 jagong (fragments) of two big epics: one about the warrior Joko Kembang Kuning, the other the romance of Raden Panji Asmorobangun and Dewi Sekartaji.

More than highly skilled in wayang beber making, this abdi dalem (royal servant) of the Surakarta Palace is also a master craftsman of five other types of wayang based on palace standards: wayang purwo (classical leather puppets for Hindu epics), wayang madya (for sequel epics), wayang gedog (for Javanese legends), wayang kl...