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Lot 36


b. Perak, 1961

JANTAN, 2005
Woodblock print, edition 15 of 20
82cm x 141cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Print Tokyo 2012, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum,
Japan, 2012.

ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 12,000

Jantan (Male) is the preening cockalorum of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Chanticleer of The Canterbury Tales. Whether this can be taken as an exertion of male dominance or a parody is up to the viewer’s own sentiment. Flying over the whole composition to the left like a supersonic jet, the cockerel looks confident, aggressive and hostile even. In the backdrop is the half orb of the moon, signifying the negative space and the feminine sphere. Although the adversary is unseen, there seems to be a suggestion of conflict in the body language of the cockerel evidenced by the steely feathers. Jantan represents male virility and masculinity, the “yang” (positive) energy flowing out, and even, male eroticism. In both Eastern and Western cultures, the cockerel represents manhood.
Juhari Said is one of the finest printmakers today having studied the more technological aspects of printmaking in France in Paris in 1993 under a French Government Grant. He was also trained in traditional woodblock print under the Sinseh Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo, 1994 under the Japan Foundation Research Grant. Before that, he had already shown his prowess when he won the Major Prize for Printmaking at the prestigious Salon Malaysia in 1991 to 1992 and the Permodalan Nasional Bhd Award in 1990. He studied at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1979 to 1983 and was a Creative Fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded the “Anugerah Karyawan Seni” by the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.

Akal di Mata Pisau, Malaysian National Reinsurance Bhd., 2003.