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Authors: Pullen, Lesley S.
Title: Prajñāpāramitā in thirteenth century Java and Sumatra: two sculptures disconnected by textile designs
Date: 2020
Source: EurASEAA14: papers from the Fourteenth International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists. Volume 1: ancient and living traditions
Place of Publication: Oxford
Publisher: Archaeopress
Abstract: The Mahāyāna Buddhist goddess Prajñāpāramitā was widely patronized in East Java in the thirteenth century, as evidenced by the number of surviving images. This paper addresses the stylistic similarities between two stone sculptures of Prajñāpāramitā, one originating from Caṇḍi Singosari in East Java, now in the Museum Nasional Indonesia in Jakarta, and the other from the Muarajambi temple complex in central Sumatra, now in the site museum. Prima facie these two images suggest a close political, religious and artistic connection between Singhasāri and Muarajambi. Both figures are dressed in a cloth carved in bas relief with intricate repeated roundels, characteristic of a brocaded luxury cloth imported from China, but the roundels contain dissimilar designs and their carving differs markedly. Unfortunately, the lack of surviving inscriptions or other records has rendered problematic any research into their relationship. Consequently, it is only the sculptures themselves which remain as the primary source attesting to any connection.
Identifier: ISBN 9781789695052
Editors: Lewis, Helen
Volume: 1
Page Start: 38
Page End: 51
Series Editor: Lewis, Helen