P13
Symbolism of ancient sculptural art evidenced across the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Bali

Convenors:
Lesley Pullen (SOAS University of London)
Chair:
Lesley Pullen
Discussant:
Lydia Kieven
Location:
1. Salle de cours rez-de-jardin MAE
Start time:
10 July, 2015 at 9:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Figurative symbolism displayed on Sumatran, Javanese and Balinese architecture and sculpture is much in evidence during the classical pre-Islamic period. Hindu-Buddhist temple architecture contains relief and free standing sculpture, much of which displays esoteric and tantric iconography.

Long abstract:

Figurative symbolism displayed on Sumatran, Javanese and Balinese architecture and sculpture is much in evidence during the classical pre-Islamic period. Hindu-Buddhist temple architecture contains narrative relief sculpture and houses free standing sculpture, much of which displays esoteric and tantric iconography. The objective of this panel is the further exploration of the many different images and depictions having a tantric connotation in evidence through some seven hundred years of the Hindu-Buddhist period, and absorbed into the Islamic art of the Mataram Sultanate period. It also hopes to explore the many symbolic links that interconnect Sumatra, Java and Bali with each other. Papers are invited to discuss these links, through narrative relief and free standing sculpture, and other material art evidence. Papers might take a particular look at the varied depictions of esoteric and tantric iconography and their relationship to the history and culture of these periods.