Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the island of Java, Majapahit Empire, ca. 1293 to 1527 CE. A beautiful, well-preserved example of a limestone carving of a woman, shown seated with her legs crossed and her hands resting against them. She is dressed in finery, wearing a multi-layered skirt with a long belt and high, banded waist, as well as multiple bracelets, large armlets, and a heavy necklace/pectoral. Giant round earrings dangle from her ears. Women played an important role in Majapahit society, including in governance; the third monarch of the Empire, for example, was queen regnant Dyah Gitarja who reigned from 1328 to 1350 and oversaw a massive expansion of territory. Size: 3.6" W x 4.5" H (9.1 cm x 11.4 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Light wear on surface commensurate with age, including some small areas of pitting from weathering. Nice deposits on surface with great preservation of form.