NEW BOOK> Acri and Sharrock (eds.) "The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Mediaeval Maritime Asia. Vol 2"

Andrea Acri Discussion

Dear colleagues, 

I am pleased to share with you the details of a recent publication:

The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Mediaeval Maritime Asia. Vol 2. Edited by Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock. Singapore: ISEAS (with financial support from the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, and the SAAAP at SOAS, University of London). 257 pp., 49,90 SGD; hard copy and e-book available.

The volume, including nine chapters focusing on Odisha and Java, reconsiders the creative contribution of the littoral and insular regions of Maritime Asia to shaping new paradigms in the Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture of the mediaeval Asian world. Far from being a mere southern conduit for the maritime circulation of Indic religions, in the period from ca. the 7th to the 14th century those regions transformed across mainland and island polities the rituals, icons, and architecture that embodied these religious insights with a dynamism that often eclipsed the established cultural centres in Northern India, Central Asia, and mainland China. The collective body of work in volumes 1 and 2 of "The Creative South" brings together new research aiming to recalibrate the importance of these innovations in art and architecture, thereby highlighting the cultural creativity of the monsoon-influenced Southern rim of the Asian landmass.


1. Introduction: Volume 2: Odisha and Java

Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock


2. Saviour ‘at the Time of Death’: Amoghapāśa’s Cultic Role in Late First Millennium Odishan Buddhist Sites

Sonali Dhingra

3. Circulation of Buddhist Mandalas in Maritime Asia: Epigraphic and Iconographic Evidence from Odisha and Java (8th–11th Century)

Umakanta Mishra


4. The Scheme of Borobudur

Hudaya Kandahjaya

5. Candi Pembakaran at Ratu Boko: Its Possible Function and Association with the Mediaeval Sri Lankan Monastery at Anuradhapura

Saran Suebsantiwongse

6. The Conqueror of the Three Worlds: The Cult of Trailokyavijaya in Java Studied Through the Lens of Epigraphical and Sculptural Remains

Michel Gauvain

7. The Social Context of the Central Javanese Temples of Kalasan and Prambanan (8th–9th Century CE)

Mimi Savitri

8. Sita as Ravana’s Daughter at Candi Prambanan

Roy Jordaan

9. Hydro-architectonic Conceptualizations in Central Javanese, Khmer, and South Indian Religious Architecture: The Prambanan Temple as a Sahasraliga Mechanism for the Consecration of Water

Jeffrey R Sundberg

10. New Archaeological Data from Mount Penanggungan, East Java

Hadi Sidomulyo


Best regards,


Andrea Acri

EPHE & EFEO, Paris