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Bone statuette, 'Dewi Saraswati' - Handcrafted White Cow Bone Statuette of Goddess Saraswati Curate

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Handcrafted White Cow Bone Statuette of Goddess Saraswati, "Dewi Saraswati"

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This statuette hand crafted by Balinese artisan Made Wardika is a wonderful way to bring a piece of Hindu culture to your home. The statuette is crafted from cow bone and placed on a triangular suar wood base for display on a shelf or table. The intricate carving depicts the Hindu goddess Saraswati, goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts. The design also features a hamsa (a sacred aquatic bird) at her feet and a pair of mighty dragons in the background.

  • 0.50 kgs
  • 1.1 lbs
  • Statuette: 26.5 cm H x 6.5 cm W x 9 cm D
  • Statuette: 10.5" H x 2.6" W x 3.5" D
  • Base: 9.3 cm H x 11 cm W x 12.5 cm D
  • Base: 3.7" H x 4.3" W x 4.9" D

  • Cow bone, suar wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Intended for display on a tabletop or other flat surface
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Indonesia.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Bali and Java
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Wardika comes from a village that specializes in bone carving, a traditional Balinese art that has been passed from generation to generation. When he was eighteen, he began to work as a bone carver and determined that he would become a master carver. Every day, he carefully studied and copied the techniques of the best carvers until he became their equal. Today, he earns a living and proudly supports his family with the sales of his unique carvings. He is able to give work to others in his community and hopes to teach this art to the next generation.

Wardika began working at the age of eight, first painting and then carving exquisite images in bone. He sat for days on end to do his work and, as a result, has developed health problems. About two years, ago he began to have trouble with his spinal nerve. He was only able to stand or walk for minutes at a time and this left him unable to work. Therapy and natural healing have eased the condition but he has developed a phobia about soft mattresses. He will only sleep on very hard mattresses as he is afraid of becoming paralyzed and permanently disabled. He draws strength from his family, works at therapy and struggles to return to normal while fighting an ongoing battle with his phobia.

Wardika was a street vendor with an unpredictable income until he joined Novica and shoppers discovered his unique work. Now his Novica sales provide a stable income and he is able to employ artisan assistants to help produce his jewelry.

Made Wardika has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $600 and the most recent for $4000.

Wardika and his family and his four assistants and their families are dependent upon the steady income that Novica provides.

Made provides for his three children and is deeply attentive to teaching them respect for the elders and the natural world.

This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.

Made Wardika provides for the education of his children.

Product Reviews By Customers

2 Testimonials for Made Wardika


Southern Oregon

Executed in bone this pendent is one of the nicest I have seen. Not just on NOVICA but in my travels around Asia.


Love his work and fine details!