The art of Indonesia

On the island of Java, a monumental Buddhist temple was built, lost to time, and then rediscovered.

c. 800 C.E.–present

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Prambanan Temple compounds
Prambanan Temple compounds

Built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia.

Bronze figure of Buddha Vairocana (Java)
Bronze figure of Buddha Vairocana (Java)

In many Vajrayana Buddhist temples in Java the five Buddhas are arranged in a mandala with Vairocana at the center.

Shadow puppet, Java
Shadow puppet, Java

Shadow puppets are popular in Java today, although the tradition dates back to the 11th century

The Spirit of the Barong, Bali, Indonesia
The Spirit of the Barong, Bali, Indonesia

Barong processions and dances are a vital part of ceremonial life in Bali.

Borobudur
Borobudur

The walkways and reliefs of this incredible sanctuary guide pilgrims toward higher states of consciousness.

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