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The teacher Agastya
AK-MAK-238
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Assuming an upright pose and exuding calm and authority, this statue of Agastya is not daunting, as befits a teacher. Agastya is an old man, as can be seen by his beard and his thickset figure. Details of this kind ensure that this delicately worked statue clearly conveys the hallmarks of the deity it represents to the worshipper. It is a convincing example of 9th-century Central Javanese sculpture.

History of the Object
Statues of Agastya, the divine teacher, always stood in the southern alcove of temples dedicated to Shiva, who was the most important god during Indonesia’s Hindu-Buddhist period (8th-16th century). Temples to Shiva, and statues of Agasya, were found in abundance at the time.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
andesite 
Measurements
Width 36 cm Height 100 cm Length 50 cm  
Creator name
anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Central Java; the Kedu Plain 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
9th Century 
Function
worship 
Acquisition
Long-term loan from the Association of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK), purchased from J.G. Huyser, a collector from The Hague, in 1936 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst 
Museum
Rijksmuseum 
Credit line
 

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