NANDISVARA, C.1292, CANDI SINGOSARI, TOWER TEMPLE, MALANG, EAST JAVA. VOLKENKUNDE, LEIDEN. COLLECTION NATIONAAL MUSEUM VAN WERELDCULTUREN. RV-1403 -1624. 1.7 M. ANDESITE. COPYRIGHT GRANTED – TAASA Review March 2023
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structures in Java where the centre of the kawung motif is viewed as a pivot ‘from whom life-giving blessings emanate to all directions of his kingdom’.
The four/five structure of the nawagraha or nine planets pattern is also referred to as manca-pat, known as the ancient Javanese concept and worldview of life.
Therefore it is possible to project the manca-pat principle onto the kawung textile pattern which has a similar four/five structure, and is the base of the nawagraha patola textile patterns (1979:205). The stone sculpture of Nand??vara dated to c.1292 illustrated in this article displays a kawung pattern on his sinjang or ankle length hip wrapper...