The batik panel in the center of this piece by Suryanto represents a "Jamu" Seller. Jamu is a blended Javanese drink made from a mixture of herbs, spices and plant matter that possess medicinal properties. It is consumed regularly to alleviate failing health, boost stamina, promote beauty and recreate harmonious sexual relations between husband and wife among other things. Jamu can be traced back as far as the 9th Century where ancient Javanese scripts have recorded its use in the royal palaces. However, even today the specific healing powers of jamu still remain a mystery.
Mounted on stretcher bars ready for hanging.