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Stone statue of Mahakala
RMV 1403-1623
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

My personal favourite among the Singasari statues is Mahakala, one of the gate keepers of the main temple at Singasari. This statue is a lot more dynamic than the other gate keeper (1403-1624). By Dr. Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
This statue comes from the main building of the temple complex close to the village of Singasari (North of Malang). It was taken from the temple in 1804 by the Dutch Governor of East Java, Nicolaus Engelhard. Among other statues, he placed this one in his garden in Semarang. In 1819 it, as well as other statues, were shipped to the Netherlands, but it was only in 1903 that it became part of the collection of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology).

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Andesite 
Measurements
Width 56 cm. Height 176 cm. Length 86 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia, Java, Tegal 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century (late) 
Function
Gatekeeper at Singasari temple 
Acquisition
Collected in 1804. Acquired by the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, in 1828. Moved to the National Museum of Ethnology in 1903. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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