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Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Java, Majapahit Empire, ca. 12th century CE. A massive statue of a pagoda, composed of four pieces of interlocking fired pottery: a tiered platform with four arms, and three slanting, pyramidal roofs of successive size, with the smallest topped by a tiered spire. The pagoda, a tiered tower whose form originates with the stupa, a Buddhist religious monument that symbolizes the Buddha's presence, was a feature of monumental architecture in the Majapahit world. During the later Majapahit Empire, the buildings of East Java - both religious and secular - were decorated with friezes made from stone and terracotta. A votive stupa like this would have had its place in a building like that. The brick so artfully depicted on the base of this sculpture is a delightful reminder of the brick architecture of the Majapahit capital, Trowulan, which remain today. Thin layers of brick allowed Majapahit artists to create dramatic visual effects with their buildings, as at Candi Brahu. An incredibly rare depiction from a little-known culture! Size: 18.5" L x 18.5" W x 38.5" H (47 cm x 47 cm x 97.8 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection, acquired in 1998; ex-private De Maria collection, Italy
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This is composed of four interlocking pieces. All four pieces have been repaired and restored with some new clay and the total piece is approximately 75% original. Some small losses from peripheries - corners, edges, etc., commensurate with age. Light deposits on surface with some small collection labels in dark ink.