TEMPLE DOORS, INDONESIA, BALI (TEJAKULA, BULELENG), 18TH-19TH CENTURY. WOOD, PIGMENT, GOLD LEAF, METAL, 259.08 X 265.0 X 119.38 CM. COLLECTION ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, GIFT OF THE AGSA FOUNDATION 2011 – TAASA Review December 2011
Thresholds possess potent significance in Southeast Asia through defining spatial boundaries between outer and inner realms.
Elaborately decorated doors are a feature of the region’s Temple doors marked the transition from profane to sacred space.
Four majestic winged feline creatures, called Singa Ambara Raja (King Heavenly Lion), guard the portals and are a reminder that the modern-day name of the Buleleng regency capital, Singaraja, means `Raja Lion’. James Bennett, Curator, Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia T h e Univ e rsity o f Q u e e nsland ...