Ida Bagus Nyoman Ceta (1912–)
Ceta came from an artistic family, with his father been a renowned dancer and organiser of performances, who also painted cloths for dancers' costumes and funeral shrouds. He did not go to school, but could speak Malay. Hildred Geertz records that Ceta was born circa 1915, and studied with Togog. Ceta was among the earliest of painters to come from Batuan. He often visited Bonnet and Spies, and showed them his pictures for their criticism.
There are twenty-nine pictures by him in the Bateson-Mead Commission. (H. Geertz 1994: 113) co-artist in pictures in collection - none First picture in collection was probably May 1936 of hunting scene, second of rejang (very Ubud in style, with white background), third of childbirth. FIRST LARGE: probably May, 36, 20x19, of women dancing rejang with fans. white backghround, very slick, the Ubud style mentioned above. Another LARGE picture was Aug 11, 37, which was also first text very skimpy Amad story of war. Picture has composition of line of men with spears going up diagonally through forest. Another large picture on same day was bought unfinished, showed a story about people attacking others who were taking offerings to an odalan, also has strong diagonal composition. First ETHNOGRAPHIC RITUAL picture was 9/5/37,LARGE, 13x15, of cremation. Set of pictures of woman transforming herself into a witch might count as ethnographic ritual too. Another LARGE picture is Nov. 4, 37, 13x15, of epidemic with witches, and rejang dance. (might count as an ETHNOGRAPHIC RITUAL picture. Total ETHNOGRAPHIC RITUAL pictures, counting both of those is 3. First sorcerer's drawings, 12/37 Fine small line drawing of Aji Darma, 3/14/38/ ***** Pre-April, 36 none April, 36 to June, 37 June 36 - sketch of childbirth, hunting scene, LOW SKILL Rejang dance in Ubud manner with fans and white background, compare Tombelos, MEDIUM SKILL - but a copy? Jan 37 - hunting scene, abduction, medium grey, LOW SKILL July 37 - Mar 38 Aug 37 Amad, large, complex MEDIUM SKILL sketch of large picture - complex, MEDIUM SKILL Sept 5, children's game MEDIUM SKILL Nov, 37 Epidemic with leyak, large, complex, MEDIUM SKILL; Rangda, decorative, LOW SKILL - 2 of these Dec, 37 set of rarajahan - Balinese script, LOW SKILL 2/38 Set of woman transofrming herself into leyak, LOW SKILL, catching crickets, LOW SKILL, Aji Darma on white background MEDIUM SKILL ******