Architectural Sculpture: Face of Time (Kala-mukha)


Overall: 40 x 45.5 x 31 cm (15 3/4 x 17 15/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
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The fiercest looking Kala masks are from eastern Java, made between the 10th to 15th century.


The bulging eyes and curved fangs of Kala emphasize the ferocity of the figure who stands for Time and Death, the devourer of all creation. Placed above the entry to an Indonesian temple, Kala serves both to protect the site and indicate a symbolic rebirth for those who pass beneath to enter the sacred space. Though related to the faces of glory on monuments in India, Kala and the volcanic stone from which it has been carved are distinctively Javanese.
Architectural Sculpture: Face of Time (Kala-mukha)

Architectural Sculpture: Face of Time (Kala-mukha)


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