AM E094626 Puputan Klungkung

Mangku Muriati, active -, 5 works

Painted in Kamasan

Puputan Klungkung
Mangku Mura was initially commissioned to produce the painting by the head (bupati) of Klungkung district shortly after the initiation of an annual ceremony to commemorate the puputan in 1984. A second version was commissioned by Margaret Wiener and Mangku Mura completed a third version in 1995 which is stored in the family compound. In 2011 Mangku Muriati reproduced the same painting for the AM. It depicts an oral version of events related to Mangku Mura by his grandfather Kaki Rungking, an eyewitness to much of the action related in the painting.
"Relates the attack on Klungkung by companies of Dutch soldiers culminating in the massacre of the royal family at the palace (puri), the current site of the Kerta Gosa, in 1908. The painting is divided into ten scenes over four rows and moves chronologically from left to right beginning in the bottom left hand corner and finishing in the top right. 1. the movements of the Dutch soldiers, depicted as six men carrying muskets, who have landed at Kusamba, passing through Sampalan along the bank of the Unda river, towards the Pejeg burial ground (setra) and on to Tangkas. Finding nobody in Tangkas they keep moving towards the home of Ida Bagus Jumpung in Kamasan, the guardian of a heirloom kris (pajenengan) belonging to the Klungkung royal family which the Dutch plan to capture. 2. Discussion between Ida Bagus Jumpung, who is depicted holding the heirloom and accompanied by a retainer, and his wife accompanied by two female figures, tree stands between them. 3. Dutch troops reach the gateway of the priestly compound and kill Ida Bagus Jumpung. They seize the heirloom but the corpse of Ida Bagus Jumpung mysteriously disappears. Ida Bagus Jumpung is not depicted in this scene, only two Dutch officers aim their muskets at the closed doors of the compound gateway (paduraksa) in front of which two dogs stand guard. 4. Dutch troops arrive at the Gelgel palace. A lone guardstands on duty outside the palace and is shot dead. The other guards in the courtyard are all shot down as the troops move in. 5. Kaki Rungking has witnessed the slaughter of the guards and covertly assembles a weapon of his own, which is mounted on a waist-high stand, he hits and kills a lieutenant. 6. Troops move towards Tojan and spend the night in a village called Carikdesa. As the troops rest, a commoner from Lekok appears with a kris but is killed before he can attack. 7. Nobles from the Gelgel palace, including the father of the Dewa Agung, go to Klungkung to discuss the situation with the king (dalem) Dewa Agung Jambe. 8. Traitors to the palace in negotiations with the Dutch. There are four types of traitor mentioned in the text though only three are illustrated, a brahmana, a lord (cokorda), a commoner (kaula) and a Muslim from the kampung. 9. Action moves to the palace in Klungkung. The confrontation takes place in the palace forecourt (bencingah). Cokorda Bima attacks the Dutch, his loyalty to the Dewa Agung so strong that when he loses his right hand he picks it up, tucks the limb into his waist cloth and continues to fight with his left. Corpses lie everywhere. Only a small child is alive and buried under the dead, named in the text as Ida Dewa Agung Oka Geg. 10. Four treacherous lords from Akah, Manuang, Aan and Klungkung, who had hoped to benefit from a Dutch victory, who are instead exiled to Lombok and charged with raising the surviving child. The Dewa Agung Oka Geg returned to Klungkung as an adult, accompanied by the former traitors who were exiled with him, and was crowned as ruler by the Dutch. The scene illustrates the adult Dewa Agung, dark coloured with a protruding garuda head (garuda mungkur) in his headdress, seated on the right with a tree separating him from three of the lords. "
Acrylic & ochre on cotton cloth