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RARE BOOK:  Majapahit Terracotta Art.  Hilda Soemantri.  New.  Dust Cover.  1997

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This very hard to find book explores the terracotta art of the Majapahit Kingdom (1293 – 1527 AD) with a range of cultural and political influence that included Indonesia, Malaysia and foreign entities such as Malayu, Thailand, Champa and Kampuchea.


Chapters include:  Majapahit – A Historical Survey; The Technique of Clay Making; The Clay Figurines of Majapahit; The Catalogue (Introduction, Literary Sources and Direct Observation); and, of course, a Bibliography.


I became very interested in this Kingdom over a decade ago and sought out this book and communications with the author.  I purchased a used copy of the book through a book dealer.  The author did respond to my questions.  In fact Ms. Soemantri  (and her publisher:  Ceramic Society of Indonesia in Jakarta) sent me this new book as a gift.  I was told this was one of the last copies of the 1997 edition / printing.  Even though I have had possession of the book for a long time, I have never cracked it.


158 pages.  Full of Color and Black & White Plates / Photographs.


For the Serious Collector / Researcher.


This informative research / reference book as sold.  Thanks R.B. !


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