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like stone carving, has traditionally featured largely in temple and palace
architecture with little freestanding 'sculpture' work produced commercially.
Immaculately carved demons and mythical beings decorate pillars, door panels,
lintels and window shutters with the aim of protecting the buildings from
evil intruders. Scenes of legendary figures placed within floral decor
set a more pleasant and educational tone. When producing tools and objects
for everyday use, sculptors had a much freer hand in choosing subject matter.
With the arrival of European influences, wood carving started to develop
along more innovative and commercial lines.
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there have been noteworthy carvers, for example; I Nyoman Cokot, Ida Bagus
Nyana and Ketut Nongos, artistic integrity has suffered as a result of
the whole villages specialize in producing certain styles of work. The
village of Mas near Ubud is probably the best known for its carvings of
female figures, Buddhas, characters from Hindu epics and the traditional
Topeng and Wayang Wong masks.
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