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Mahadewi Image
MAIP 1803
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a great example of sculpture presenting the Great Goddess in royal clothes and jewels. It could be the figure of a deified queen. Images of this kind are known from the kingdoms of Eastern Java from the Late Classical period. The rulers of these kingdoms, confessors of Hinduism, were frequently identified with deities they worshiped and portrayed in that form. Mahadevi is one of the most beautiful and best preserved Javanese Hindu sculpture in the Museum's collection.

History of the Object
Acquired in the 1960s in Java by Andrzej Wawrzyniak. In 1973 he offered all his Indonesian collection to the Polish state, creating the Nusantara Museum in Warsaw. Since 1976 the name of the organization is The Asia and Pacific Museum.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Volcanic stone 
Measurements
Width 27,5 cm Height 19,5 cm Length 64 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; East Java 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
12th Century-14th Century 
Function
Temple sculpture 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1973 as a gift of Andrzej Wawrzyniak. It is part of his Indonesian collection from which the Museum developed. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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