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Majapahit, Javanese Four Sided Volcanic Stone Head of God Brahma

Majapahit, Javanese Four Sided Volcanic Stone Head of God Brahma


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Hardstones: Pre 1492: Item # 1182719

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Exceptional 14th Century Majapahit, Javanese volcanic stone head of Hindu God Brahma, the Creator, with four heads facing in the four Cardinal directions, hair rising to a tall domed adorned topknot. Compare with the complete figure of Brahma at the Norton Simon Museum, P.1998.1, and at Christie's NY Indian and Southeast Asian Art 31 Mar, 2005 lot 106, 14th Century C.E., on rotating custom stand. In excellent condition, h. 13" The Majapahit Empire, Karaton Majapahit, Indonesian was a vast thalassocracy based on the island of Java (part of modern-day Indonesia) from 1293 to around 1500. Majapahit reached its peak of glory during the era of Hayam Wuruk, whose reign from 1350 to 1389 was marked by conquest which extended through Southeast Asia. His achievement is also credited to his prime minister, Gajah Mada. According to the Nagarakretagama (Desawarñana) written in 1365, Majapahit was an empire of 98 tributaries, stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea. consisting of present-day Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines, and East Timor, although the true nature of Majapahit sphere of influence is still the subject of studies among historians.