Hello Ladies and Gentleman, hope you have a great day. Maybe some of you curious about art and culture about Bali, here this is the one of the best museums in Ubud, this place is a home for more than a 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, Africa, China, Latin America and Europe, Called Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets. All are beautifully displayed in a series of renovated historic buildings. Among the many treasures, look for the golden Jero Luh mask and the faces of royalty, Mythical monsters and even common people.
This unique ‘courtyard of houses’ to be precise, is located in the cool and quiet village of Tegal Bingin in Sukawati, 17km south from the main Ubud hub and roughly an hour’s drive from Denpasar. Artist-curator Agustinus Prayitno decided to establish the house in Sukawati, the district famous for its community of Balinese woodcarvers, mask makers and sculptors. The houses are spread over 1.4 hectares of an undulating paddy landscape and surrounded by well-manicured tropical gardens.
Setia Darma’s first joglo features traditional shadow puppets, some quirky and contemporary such as Prayitno’s own ‘self portraiture’ and that of Barack Obama. Other specimens line the walls based on origin, and after a while you’ll find that each bear unique characteristics, yet draw inspiration from similar sources, such as the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
The second house features Indonesia’s most iconic heritage in puppetry, the leather shadow puppets. Made from cured cowhide, these puppets, known as ‘wayang kulit’, are the ones you typically see at temple anniversaries or during ceremonies celebrating Balinese rites of passage, performed by a ‘dalang’ or puppet master at night behind a flickering oil lamp and screen.
This Museums open from Monday to Sunday and start 8.00 am until 16.00 pm, Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets located in tegal Bingin Street, banjar Tengkulak Tengah, kemenuh, Sukawati.