Back in the 1980’s I worked for three years in Indonesia and had the great fortune to visit Borobudur while I was there. It was therefore of particular interest to me to look at Indonesian works of art, particularly from the Buddhist and Hindu periods.

When in the British Museum I looked at the exhibit of the Buddhist goddess Mamaki I was going to comment on it as part of this exercis (and may well still do so) but in researching it I came across the carving of Prajnaparamita. I thought this was a wonderful sculpture with so much grace and beauty that I wanted to add it to this collection, despite not being able to see the real thing and only being able to comment on photographs.

What I found particularly interesting is how it is thought that this is a representation of a Javanese Queen in the figure of a Buddhist goddess.

My comments on Prajnaparamita