Indonesia, eastern Java / Standing Male Figure / 300 B.C.?200 A.D.Indonesia, eastern Java
Standing Male Figure
300 B.C.?200 A.D.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Indonesian; Javanese
Creator Name-CRT: Indonesia, eastern Java
Title: Standing Male Figure
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: 300 B.C.?200 A.D.
Creation Place: Indonesia, eastern Java
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)

The open mouth and staring eyes of this charming unclad figure give him a somewhat astonished expression. Made of reddish brown earthenware, the man stands frontally and holds his arms aloft, bent at the elbows. His stomach and posterior are noticeably full and his arms and legs well rounded. In Southeast Asia, earthenware sculptures appear to be unique to Indonesia. In addition to standing figures such as this one, several statuettes of seated figures with their knees pulled up and bearing lugubrious expressions are known. Some of them have a short tang on the bottom, suggesting that they served as bottle stoppers. Others, however, have no evident function.

Figures with uplifted arms are often identified as images of ancestors among the indigenous cultures of Indonesia. Representing both actual and legendary forebears, such figures were often intended to contain the spirit of an ancestor during rituals.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 2000.284.42
Credit Line: Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Bronze and Iron Age
AMICA ID: MMA_.2000.284.42
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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