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Worshiping Siva and Buddha: The Temple Art of East Java

Worshiping Siva and Buddha: The Temple Art of East Java


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This richly illustrated volume is a study of the temples created in East Java between the tenth and sixteenth centuries, filling an important scholarly lacuna. The arts of Central Java, home of the great Buddhist monument, Borobudur, and Hindu Prambanan, have been given thorough scholarly attention. The architectural and sculptural treasures of the East Javanese kingdoms of Kadiri, Singasari, and Majapahit are little known in comparison, yet beautiful and significant in Indonesian history.

The author presents the major sites of these three historical periods and discusses their architecture and sculpture. The many narrative reliefs illustrating sacred and secular literature have been painstakingly identified. The reader is thus able to follow their stories and understand where, why, and how they fit into the visual program planned for each temple and their relation to historical events and the wayang theater. These descriptions are augmented by extensive site summaries. Superb color photography supports the text throughout and is a major contribution in itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780824827793
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.26(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.14(d)

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