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Antique Javanese Head

Antique Javanese Head

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1090591
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Sculpted from soft white volcanic tuff from central Java of a Majaphit royal princess. Her coiffure is pulled back and topped with a lotus tiara, and she wears a pair of foliated looped earrings. The rendering of her delicate features is very reminiscent to classical Indian sculptures.

The Majaphit empire is the last Indianized kingdom in Indonesia. Based in eastern Java, it existed between the 13th and 16th centuries. The power of Majapahit reached its height in the mid 14th century under the leadership of King Hayam Wuruk and his prime minister Gajah Mada. The golden era of Majapahit was short-lived of 39 years. It declined after the death of Gajah Mada in 1364, and was weakened by King Hayam Work's death in 1389.

14-15th century. Some losses throughout. Measures 5" tall.