Hanuman in East Javanese Art

This article is focused on a neglected subject in ancient Javanese art, which is The presence of Hanuman in late Javanese art. Five stone statues in particular are described, all of them depicting a monkey-faced figure that can be identified as Hanuman....

The Rāmāyaṇa, Rāmākāthā and Loro Jonggrang

The seventy-two sculpted panels depicting the Rāmāyaṇa featured on the terraces of Loro Jonggrang’s main Śiva and Brahmā temples present the most extensive sculptural version of this epic in all of Asia. However, discrepancies between the reliefs and the...

Depictions of Gaṇeśa in the Central Javanese Period

Bodily Features (the trunk, tusks, eyes and ears ) In all Indonesian depictions of Gaṇeśa statues the trunk reaches to the left hand in which a bowl is kept. The particular style of the depicted trunk is similar to the depictions from North-India tha...

Gaṇeśa of Singosari

The Goddess Pārvatī gave birth to Gaṇeśa during a longlasting absence of her husband Śiva. When Śiva returned he found a young boy – Gaṇeśa - near his residence. Assuming the boy was an enemy the outraged Śiva decapitated the boy. This, of course, ...

The Classical Cultural History of Java

The Classical cultural history of Java can be divided in to three different periods (Miksic 2004: 234). First there is the Proto-historical Period, which began at the time of the introduction of the art of writing, approximately around 400 B.C.E. Then,...

Architectural Styles of Temples in East-Java

The Central-Javanese temple architecture is influenced mainly by the architecture of temples in India. Yet the Javanese, however, also developed a distinctive characteristic style of temple architecture. The basic model is a vertical construction building...

The Pejeng Water Vessel

The Pejeng water vessel originates from the Puser Ing Jagat temple in Pejeng, Bali. The vessel is 75 centimers tall and made from volcanic rock. According to Stutterheim the water vessel is made in 1329 AD. His assumption is based on the numbers 1,...
Raja Kaputren of Majapahit

Raja Kaputren of Majapahit

Name:  Raja Kaputren Material:  brass Size:  11.8 x 4 cm   This figurine represents Raja Kaputren , or the female consorts in the court of the Majapahit Kingdom. The figure is depicted standing on a lotus pedestal which, in Hindu-Buddhist phi...