In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse.
They said “muse” is something that attracts someone to come back to it countless times, with new inspirations, and new insights to tell stories from different perspectives.
I think from many blog posts in this site people could’ve known already what is it in my case, but to make it clear, I’ll restate it: it’s the traces from the past.
I think it’s reflected in the title of this blog, isn’t it? :haha.
As for the picture, it isn’t a new one, as I haven’t had another photo session with the statues in National Museum. But, of all pictures I’ve taken there, I choose this one as the entry for this theme. This picture also has been shown in one of my post, titled “Kepingan-Kepingan Ekspresi Gajah dan Arca” (Fragments of Expressions from The Elephant (Building) and The Statues (Building)).
This far, the Hindu remains from the island of Kalimantan which I know is just the Yupa Inscriptions, stone pillars engraved with poetical descriptions about the Waprakeswara Ceremony held by Mulawarman. He is the 2nd (from Asvavarman), or 3rd (from Kudungga) king of Kutai Kingdom, the first Hindu monarchy in Indonesia. The monarchy was located in the estuary of Mahakam River, East Kalimantan.
Yupa stones holds a prominent position in Indonesia history periodization, as it marked the end of Indonesia’s prehistoric era. But I never know that there are also another valuable things from the island, as concrete as the deities’ statues.
Meet Shiva, one of the statues from Mt. Kombeng site, East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan.
All I know about this statue is that it was found in a cave in Mt. Kombeng. A recent study shows that this statue came from 8th or 9th century, and inevitably, this statues came from latter time than the Yupas, but although this statue was found in Kalimantan, the relationship between this statue and the Yupas from the earlier era is still unknown.
The one thing that keeps me looking at this statue for such a long time is his smile that is so… mysterious. It’s like that smile holds something in secrecy, something that’s hidden. The smile, and the fact that the story behind this tall statue is still unknown, are the things that make me visit the museum often, just to ask the statue, “What’s it that you’ve been hiding, anyway? What riddle do you want me to solve, hm?”
Oh, and in fact, if there is no obstacle that will make me cancel the plan, I’m looking forward to another photo session this weekend. The plan is that I will pick several random collections of the museum, and I’ll try to make them tell their stories on this blog :haha.
I can’t wait for this weekend to come!
Tim Penyusun (Editor Umum Marwati Djoened Pusponegoro, Nugroho Notosusanto). 2008. Sejarah Nasional Indonesia Jilid 2: Zaman Kuno. Jakarta: Balai Pustaka.