UC Silver Unveils Indonesia’s Biggest Silver Dragon Statue
Bali is home to unique arts and cultures, with traditions that have been passed down through generations. UC Silver & Gold, the only jewellery gallery in Bali, felt the need to conserve and further promote the culture and arts of their home island of Bali. Hence, the company initiated the crafting of a silver dragon statue, named Naga Sanga Amurwabhumi. It is an intricate work of art and a living testament as to how totally dedicated the Balinese people are to their art.
Adapted from a Sanskrit scripture saying “nine dragons that correspond to the nine cardinal directions”, the hand-made dragon statue is finally completed after approximately five years of construction. The project was led by I Nyoman Eriawan, and it involved 25 young, skilful Balinese artists who applied traditional Balinese sculpting techniques to shape a total weight of 720kg of silver into the dragon statue that spans 20 meters, with 1.8 meters in width and 1.8 meters in height. Precious stones adorning the statue make it even more impressive.
The unveiling ceremony, themed “Our Legacy”, also marked the grand opening of Museum Naga or the Dragon Museum, where the silver dragon takes centerstage. “The unveiling ceremony, and grand opening of the museum, aims to showcase the UC Silver Gold’s manifesto as a family business that strives to highlight and promote the uniqueness, intricacy, beauty, and philosophy of the traditional arts of Bali, particularly their sculpting, through our renowned silver and gold jewellery collections,” said Arya Sutedja, the marketing director of UC Silver & Gold.
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