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ID: 700001920Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Makara (sculpture (visual work); unknown Indonesian; 9th century; Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands); AK-MAK-247; RM001.collect.1958)
Note: The jaws of this mythical aquatic animal are wide open. It has an elephant's trunk, ram's horns, snake's teeth and slit eyes. Between the impressive jaws sits a small lion. Strings of pearls pour from the lotus above the trunk. The being is a makara, a mythical animal, which features in both Hindu and Buddhist art. Makaras usually flanked the entrance to a temple or adorned an alcove or either end of a flight of stairs. The decoration of a temple entrance would consist of two makaras and a kala head, a monster's head which served to deter people with bad intentions. This makara once adorned the entrance to a ninth century temple on central Java.
Makara (preferred,C,U,RP,Dutch-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
sculpture (visual works) [300047090] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: 9th century

Creator Display:
unknown Indonesian [preferred,VP]
anoniem [,VP]
artist unknown Indonesian (Indonesian cultural designation) [500203452]
Current: Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands) [500246547] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: AK-MAK-247; RM001.collect.1958
Credit Line: Bruikleen van de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst
Other: Creation: Prambanan [7003699] Jawa Tengah (province), Indonesia (nation), Asia (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: andesite
andesite [300011213]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material, rock (inorganic material), igneous rock, <igneous rock by composition>, <igneous rock by composition: chemical>, intermediate igneous rock)

Dimensions: dimensions: 97 x 99 x 37 cm; weight: 322 kg
exhibition: Wie schrijft die blijft. Zij drukten hun stempel op de Zeeuwse geschiedenis, 2005-02-05 -

General Subject:
religion and mythology (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
Makara [1000386]
.....((Hindu characters, Hindu iconography, Legend, Religion, Mythology)) (ICON)

Copyright: Public Domain
Provenance: bruikleen 1972
List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Works
Additional Notes:
Dutch ..... Makara, onderste gedeelte van een ornament, welke de ingang van één van de tempels in de Prambanan-regio versierde. De makara is een mythologisch waterdier met een wijd open bek en een gekrulde olifantenslurf.
Sources and Contributors:
Makara........ [VP]
........ Rijksmuseum XML files (2012) accessed 4 September 2012
........ Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 4 September 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
....................... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-) accessed 4 September 2012
English ..... [VP]
..... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 14 September 2012
Dutch ..... [VP]
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