As part of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute organised a seminar on “Javanese Mouse Deer and Chinese Lions: Early Islamic Sinicised Imprints in Java’s North Coast Sculpture (15th – early 17th century)” on Tuesday, 29 March 2016.
The lecture was delivered by Dr Hélène Njoto, Visiting Fellow, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS.
Dr Njoto analysed the features of the lions on five mausolea and related some of them to the Chinese lion and qilin and other correlated motifs (baizi, etc.) from Vietnamese art.
She also provided a comparative analysis of the carved lion forms in other contexts (royal and cult regalia) to show the spread of sinicised motifs outside the funerary complexes during the 1.5-hour lecture, attended by close to 40 participants.
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