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The Mythological Faces of Java

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

103 Kroeber Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods. The quintessence of Javanese character types that runs through the centuries follows the conventional concepts of refined and unrefined, expressed in the local terms as halus and kasar. These concepts will guide us in looking at early sculptures and narrative temple reliefs, as well as the later artistic expression in the traditional Javanese puppets and dance performances.

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Sandra Sardjono is an independent advisor and researcher. She currently serves as Board Member of the Textile Arts Council (TAC) of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Traditional Textile Arts Society of South-East Asia (TTASSEA) of the Jakarta Textile Museum. She earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley; her research was on textile depictions in Java from the Hindu-Buddhist period, 8th–15th century. Prior to her Ph.D. program, she worked as Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as Textile Conservator at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. She graduated with an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine.


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