Ancient Southeast Asia: from Borobudur to Angkor
The ancient art of Southeast Asia took Hindu and Buddhist ideas from India and made them into something unique. Each of the major kingdoms of Southeast Asia evolved distinctive styles of temple building, sculpture and relief carving, from the vast cities of Pagan to monumental Angkor. The evolution of ancient Javanese art shows how styles developed from the Indian Gupta influences visible in Borobudur and Prambanan of Central Java, and transformed into the more Balinese-style temples of East Java.
Adrian Vickers holds a personal chair in Southeast Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. Born and raised in Tamworth he was introduced to the vibrant culture of Indonesia while still at school, first travelling there in the 1970s as a student. His research utilizes expertise in the Indonesian language as well as drawing on sources in Balinese, Kawi (Old and Middle Javanese) and Dutch. He has created a virtual museum on the history of Balinese painting. His books include the highly popular Bali: A Paradise Created.
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