JACQUES-EDOUARD BERGER FOUNDATION:World Art Treasures

In a civilization still so imbued with animism as Indonesia, dreams were considered of major significance. Scenes where the queen tries to understand the meaning of her dreams were far from unusual there, whereas in India, the subject was never broached. Each country of course adapted the Lalita to its own culture, but this representation of the palace is extremely interesting: indeed, no other traces of the palace architecture of the period remain, since the brick and wood of which they were built have long since disintegrated. On the other hand, the fact that Borobudur is built of stone serves as an important piece of evidence of its status as religious architecture.


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