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Yeh Pulu

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Tucked away on the edge of verdant paddy fields of Bedulu village near Ubud, Yeh Pulu is a relief carved stone cliff face dating from the 14th or 15th century.

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The panel is divided into five scenes, totalling 26 metres long by three metres high, but it’s uncertain if the image is religious (possibly a Krishna story) or just depicts everyday life. The almost life-sized carvings are crude, yet dynamic and the style is very different from other reliefs in Bali or Java.

Day to day life. Photo taken in or around Yeh Pulu, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Day to day life. Photo: Sally Arnold

The images appear to convey a story reading left to right and include depictions of a water carrier, a female figure hiding in a doorway and a man bearing a hoe or axe on his shoulder flanked by a seated pedanda (high priest), and a seated female, with a crude rough hewn Ganesh statue standing in front, dividing ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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