Ki Purbo Asmoro
PA's Wayang Collections
Purbo Asmoro's NEWEST wayang collection--as of May 2009
An example of the pedhalangan terms "nganaki" or "mutrani" (descended from). The Kresna on the left is from Ki Purbo Asmoro's antique 100-year old+ collection from Klathen, while the Kresna on the right has been modelled after it (so the one on the left mutrani) and is part of the "state of the art" current collection he uses for most performances. For more examples and comparisons see:
other sample wayang from PA's collection
Ki Purbo Asmoro: Wayang Collector
Ki Purbo Asmoro is an avid and extremely particular wayang collector. Anyone who has spoken to him for more than five minutes about wayang, picks up immediately that he has a deep, emotionally-based, and also keenly analytical aesthetic when it comes to the forms in wayang and how they affect a wayang's personality and character traits.
He owns a number of sets, but the two major ones in use are his antique set and his current "state of the art" set. The antique set was collected from a variety of sources in Klathen, and pieces range back to hundreds of years ago. The current set was conceptualized by Ki Purbo, consisting mostly of pieces which "nurun" from classical forms in a variety of ways, but also a few newer forms.
While Ki Purbo Asmoro himself was the conceptualist for the entire "state of the art" set, Bp. Murdiyanto, from Butuh, Sidawarna, Klathen, is the painter (penyungging) and Bp. Tugimin, from Sukoharjo, the carver (penatah) for each piece. These two artisans have been taught, advised, and directed by Ki Purbo Asmoro for over 20 years, and are intimately aware of exactly how he wants each detail of his wayang.
One of Ki Purbo Asmoro's former wayang collections will be on exhibit at the MOIFA (Museum of International Folk Art) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA from march 2009-March 2010.
This is the logo that is between the feet on and "grounds" (palemahan) every wayang in Ki Purbo Asmoro's "state of the art" current collection, which he designed himself about 20 years ago. This vine-like motif is also quite prevalent in the wrought-iron carvings that decorate Ki Purbo's home in Gebang, as well as on the batik motifs he has on occasion comissioned for his sindhen.