Balancing The Universe: Shamanism on Lombok Island and Bali

Less famous than Bali, Lombok the neighbor island directly to the east and is part of the Lesser Sundas. The indigenous Sasak people are predominantly Muslim after experiencing a long period of Hindu and Buddhist influence. However, as in most of the tribal cultures of Indonesia, ancient traditional ritualistic practices endure and shaman are still highly respected. They are regularly sought out as powerful healers and practitioners of magic to ward off evil and illness as well as to manage many other individual and community issues.

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
Shaman Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins

This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400. (see detail of feet in image below)

Shaman Healing Fetish Wand Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Late 19th c, Wood, cotton cloth, metal coins. This is held in the shaman’s hand to contact the spirits for healing rituals. 35” x 13 ½” x 7 ½”, $2400.
detail of previous image – feet under the skirt
Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, smooth patina from use and age. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)
Magic Ghost Figures, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood. 8 ½” x 5 ¾” x 5 ½”, $790 (sold as pair)
Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord, patinated with use and age Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11” $580. sold
Shaman Talisman Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c. Wood, horn, cotton cord

Held in shaman’s hand, used in healing rituals, hung on the wall in shaman’s house when not in use. 10 ½” x 12” x 11”, SOLD

Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo, patinated with use and age. Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left - 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle - 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle - 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right - 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front - 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)
Shaman Sacred Water and Herb Scoop, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, bamboo

Used for scooping holy water and medicinal herbs for healing rituals. Dimensions left to right: (left – 9 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”, $160.); (rear middle – 9 ¼” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, $160.); (front middle – 6 ¼” 7 ¾” x 2 ½”, $120.); (rear right – 12 ¼” x 9 ¼” x 3 ½”, $280.); (right front – 11 ½” x 10” x 3 ½”, $160.)

Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads. Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100.
Shaman Protection Figure, Indonesia, Lombok Island, Early 20th c, Wood, cloth, coins, beads

Protects shaman and client from harmful spirits during rituals, 20” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, $1100. SOLD

Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber, patinated from use and age. Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.
Healing Fetish Wand, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, fiber

Held in shaman’s hand during ritual for healing calling the spirits, 15 ½” x 3 ½” 4”, $420.

Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment. Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left - 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, Sold); (right - 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, sold)
Holy Water Containers, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, ceramic, fiber, pigment

Shaman jar for holy water for purification rituals. Dimensions: (left – 6” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD); (right – 6 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber, patinated with age and use. Used for healing rituals - Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left - 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, sold); (right - 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold)
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattles, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, metal blade, cloth fiber

Used for healing rituals – Shaken to fend off harmful spirits. Dimensions: (left – 12” x 5 ½” x 4”, SOLD); (right – 14” x 7” x 6”, SOLD)

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia Mid 20th c. Wood, shells, patinated with age and use Used for healing rituals 14” x 7” x 6”, Sold
expanded view of shell fetish rattles shown in previous image
Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord. Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”, Sold
Shaman Fetish Hanging Charm, Lombok or Nusa Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Wood, glass, nails, metal, plant fiber, cotton cord

Used for healing rituals, 12” x 14” x 9 ½”

Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint. Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.
Shaman Magic Figure, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, Wood, paint

Used for calling spirits and for healing rituals. 16” x 6” x 4”, $360.

Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells, patinated with age and use. Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.
Shaman Healing Fetish Rattle, Lombok Island, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, Mid to late 20th c, Wood pigmented with soot, bone, cloth, seed pod and shells

Used in healing rituals. 12” x 12” x 12”, $1300.

'Palalintangnan' - Kamasan Astrological Calendar, Bali, Indonesia Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.
‘Palalintangnan’ – Kamasan Astrological Calendar Bali, Indonesia, Kamasan village, Early 20th c, Cotton cloth, printed and painted

Represents gods, goddesses, attendants, animals, and inscriptions which are used for fortune telling. 45” x 51”, $750.


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