Kuping Guling Blue Ceramic Tile

Sold by Indounik
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Preparation takes 3-5 business days
Arrives from Indonesia
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Roughly translated, Kuping Guling means pig's ear in the Indonesian language and it's the name that the Balinese have for the motif in this beautifully-crafted blue ceramic tile.

Use it as a small feature tile, incorporate it into a mosaic, or just put it to work as a paper weight. You might even transform it into a piece of jewelry such as a pendant.

It's application is limited only by your imagination.

I've seen one of these inlaid into the padded cover of a photo album and always thought they'd look great set into a scrapbook album in much the same way.

This piece was handmade in Bali, Indonesia. Please note that this listing is for one piece only.

PayPal is my preferred method of payment.

You can see other items crafted with a similar design here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik/search?search_query=kuping+guling&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

Size: Approx 45mm square
Thickness: Approx 9mm
Weight: Approx 26 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: Blue
Material: Clay, ceramic glaze
Shipping: I ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for the package upon delivery. If you were to buy four of these pieces, you'd be looking at a shipping cost, including packaging and handling, of about $8 if you're in Australia, $10 if you're in Europe and $11 if you're in the US. I refund on overpayments in excess of $1. This item will be well packaged to protect it in transit, and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee.

Kuping guling, or long ear, refers to the ear of the suckling pig, and is a Balinese heirloom motif. You can see the shape of the ear in each of the four segments set around the floral centre of this design.

It's a motif that you often see in art and architecture throughout the island.

Babi guling – roasted suckling pig – is probably Bali's most famous dish. Without doubt, it's a favourite of most Balinese.

It's generally reserved for ceremonial offerings. Once the essence of the offering has been given to the gods, then the food is shared with family and friends.

Babi – pigs – have a white cloth wound around their bellies on the holy day of Tumpek Kandang when the Balinese ritually honour and thank domestic animals for their service to humans. No animals can be slaughtered on this day.

When I stay in Bali, it's normally in Ubud, Bali's art and culture capital, and it's at a landmark restaurant called Ibu Oka's, just across from the Ubud Palace, that you can find some of Bali's best babi guling.

Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig. ~ Albert Einstein

Average review
Very beautiful! The color is so pretty!
Mar 11, 2016 by Isabelle Lin
Like it very much. It came over quickly and had a kindly written note attached to it. Thank you!

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Asia Pacific 2-3 weeks
Latin America and the Caribbean 2-4 weeks
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