Rare and Authentic 14th Century Majapahit Empire Hanuman Terracotta Head, East Java near Trowulan
Detail: Excavated in a cavern in eastern Java, near the once-capitol city of the Majapahit Empire, Trowulan. This particular piece was part of the Van de Hout collection. Maurius van den Hout was an official with the Dutch Indonesian government in the years prior to WW II. Other examples of Majapahit terracotta can be found in the National Museum in Jakarta, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Princess Hof Ceramic Museum in Leeuwarden plus in a superb book titled Majapahit Terracotta Art by Hilda Soemantri. There are a few chips missing here and there. It has some cracks and repair areas, caused by US Customs when it was shipped to the US and during inspection. The crack across the headpiece was clean and the repair is barely noticeable. I acquired this piece from art intermediary in 2000. To refer to this piece as MUSEUM QUALITY is a huge understatement. It is truly an authentic MASTERPIECE of Indonesian art. The head is positioned on a wooded stand. For the Serious Collector.