Prambanan: Bas-relief of Lokapala in the Shiva Temple

Bas-relief of Lokapala in the Shiva Temple, Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Bas-relief of Lokapala in the Shiva Temple, Prambanan

This intricately carved story panel with three frames is one of the most beautiful bas-reliefs in Prambanan located 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At the center is Lokapala, the guardian of the world, seated on a beautifully decorated throne. With his eyes closed and right hand holding a japamala (prayer beads), he appears to be is in a state of deep meditation.

To the left and right of Lokapala are the frames with the sculptural reliefs of three figures – most likely demigods – engaged in some activities, perhaps debating or teaching.

Even though Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex, a strong Buddhist influence is seen in this carving.

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Related Pages
Prambanan, Borobudur, Bali, Indonesia
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