Javanese entryway

Entryways are key points that require spiritual as well as physical protection to keep out danger and negative influences and safeguard those inside. This particular entrance protects by invoking the powers of the natural and spiritual world. The ferocious tiger conjures up the brute strength of nature while fierce raksasas (mythical giants), invoke powerful supernatural forces. The magnificent bird image probably represents Garuda or his brother Jetayu, either being powerful mythological creature. Human guards in hybrid Dutch-Javanese colonial style uniforms these also demonstrate the syncretic nature of Javanese court culture of the period.

Date/Period
1822
Region
Northern Java, probably Surabaya or surrounding area
Dimension
Object size: 279.3 x 254.0 x 7.0 cm
Accession No.
2016-00955
Material
wood, pigments
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Shelly and Michael Dee
Category
Woodcarving