Jenis : Arca Perunggu
Nama : PENUNGGANG GAJAH
Era : Abad Ke 14 – 15, Kerajaan Majapahit
Material : Perunggu
Asal : Jawa Timur
Fungsi : Lampu Minyak
The Masterpieces and Infocentre
(The New Rijksmuseum)
Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 1071 CJ Amsterdam
Data Museum :
Bronze oil lamp shaped as an elephant with rider
Measurements: 12.3 cm, 20.5 cm, 24.9 cm
Creator name: anonymous
Where it was made: Indonesia
Time period: 14th Century – 15th Century
Function: oil lamp
Long-term loan from the Association of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK), acquired from the estate of F.L. Broekveldt in 1940
Owner: Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst
Museum: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Why this is a masterpiece:
The wick of this oil lamp emerged from the elephant’s trunk and its massive body served as the reservoir for the oil. The animal and its rider are imaginatively represented, the elephant with its accoladeshaped
ears edged with meanders and bushy eyebrows. This oil
lamp shows an ascetic riding the strongest animal in the world, the elephant, without having to use a hook. He is seated loosely on the giant animal’s back, using nothing other than his mental powers to ride it.
History of the Object:
The playful way the animal is represented demonstrates the liveliness of bronze art in 14th- and 15th-century Java. The striking rider is an ascetic. At the time, ascetics played an important role – they had gained supernatural powers and were hence able to perform supernatural deeds and even become immortal. Practicing ascetics was therefore encouraged.
Janganlah ditangisi bila artefak sejarah kita dimiliki Kolektor dan Museum ASING, mungkin itu dijarah saat masa penjajahan atau dijual orang kita sendiri atau bahkan anak keturunan yang sedang membutuhkan uang.
“AMATI DENGAN SEKSAMA, TANGKAP AURA-NYA. DAN CIPTAKAN YANG LEBIH INDAH DARI ITU. MEREKA TIDAK AKAN PERNAH BISA MENJARAH BAKAT DAN KELUHURAN YANG DIWARISKAN LELUHUR KITA”.