Stone Carving in Bali, Indonesia

Stone carved statues and architectural details are seen throughout Bali. 

Once destructive, lava is now a valuable construction material that is transformed into architectural ornaments.

Architectural details

Mountain-like stone temple entrance

Both expensive stone and less expensive mold-cast concrete are carved to meet local demand in Tegaltamu, Batubulan Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali.

The concrete is cast, then the surface detail is hand carved while it is still fairly soft (before it completely cures).

The below photos were taken in Ubud, Bali.

Details are carved after the stone is set into place. Mortar is used to attach a nose (on the right) that fell off during carving.

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Recommended Guide: Rudy (arranged through Tutut) was my fabulous bilingual guide and driver in Bali.

Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2007. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.