Six rare etchings of the famous Borobudur Temple in Java Indonesia by Jan Poortenaar, a Dutch graphic artist, engraver and publisher who worked in the Dutch East Indies until 1924. The prints are all signed and numbered by Jan Poortenaar himself and published in a limited series of only 200. These decorative prints are very suitable for framing and come with description sheets and an original book, contact us for more information and images.
The set contains the following etchings,
1. De Boroboedoer
2. Een opgang
3. De hoofdstoepa
4. Een Boeddha
5. Op het hoogste terras
6. Het heiligdom
The Sailendra dynasty built this Largest Buddhist monument in the world between AD 780 and 840. The Sailendra are the ruling dynasty in Central Java at the time. It was built as a place for glorifying Buddha and a pilgrimage spot to guide mankind from worldly desires into enlightenment and wisdom according to Buddha. This monument was discovered by the British in 1814 under Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, it was until 1835 that the entire area of the temple has been cleared.
Borobudur was built in the style of Mandala which symbolizes the universe in Buddhist teaching. This structure is square-shaped with four entry points and a circular centre point. Working from the exterior to the interior, three zones of consciousness are represented, with the central sphere representing unconsciousness or Nirvana.