Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Face.

There is a face of a statue that represents beauty and fertility. I took this photo in Petirtaan Belahan, a place where Airlangga, the first king who conquered East Java in early 11th century, worshipped as Vishnu. This statue itself depicts Dewi Sri, one of Vishnu’s shaktis. Javanese (and Balinese) people know this goddess as the goddess of rice and paddy field.

wajah-dewi-sri

As long as I could remember, this statue, as well as the patirthaan, was built in the middle of 11th century–somewhere between 1040 and 1050, the year of Airlangga’s death. Airlangga’s statue was here, too–as Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Vishnu who rides Garuda, but the statue isn’t in this patirtaan anymore–it is stored in Trowulan Museum in Mojokerto. Only the statue of Sri and Laksmi–the latter one has water pouring from her breasts–left in the Candi Sumber Tetek. The name “Sumber Tetek” derived from the pouring water–you should come and see by yourself :)).

Dewi Sri is pretty, isn’t it? With her closed eyes and mysterious smile, this is one beautiful statue left by Airlangga’s reign.

Come and visit the place!

7 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Face

  1. Sebetulnya kalau arca Garuda Wisnu Kencana-nya masih berada di Petirtaan Belahan akan lebih cantik ya. Tapi pastinya lebih rawan dicuri juga. Suka banget sama foto close up Dewi Sri ini, Gara, karena kelihatan detail ukirannya.

    1. Iya Mas, soalnya itu arca satu-satunya yang menggambarkan Airlangga, jadi kalau hilang mungkin fragmen Airlangga tak punya bukti fisik yang melambangkan raja itu secara khusus :hehe.
      Saya suka detailnya, cuma yang menurut saya agak unik adalah pipi Dewi Sri ini agak tembem. Tampaknya image cantik di masa lalu agak beda dengan apa yang ada hari ini…

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