SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Mahākāla, Heruka and Avalokiteśvara in SE Asia

IMG-Claudine Bautze-Picron
Dr Claudine Bautze-Picron

Date: 9 January 2019Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 9 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar


Under various aspects, these three characters held major and well-defined positions in the religious and political landscape of various countries in insular and continental SE Asia between the 11th and 13th centuries, a situation which is also noted in the Nanzhao kingdom and the Yuan empire. Very specific lines of contacts can be drawn between specific regions of SE Asia and Bihar/Bengal and considering the SE Asian testimonies helps throwing a fresh look at the function of the images of these three deities in their homeland, Bihar/Bengal, where they could at a first glance appear not to be related to the political power.


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Mahākāla, Heruka and Avalokiteśvara in South East Asia

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Speaker Biography

Claudine Bautze-Picron studied at the Universities of Brussels, Lille, Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi and Aix-en-Provence; she was till recently research fellow at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FRE 2018 “Mondes Iranien et Indien”, Paris) and taught Indian art history at the Free University of Brussels.

The focus of her research for many years has been the art of eastern India (Bihar/West Bengal/Bangladesh) from the 8th to the 12th century about which she published a large number of articles considering stylistic as well as iconographic issues. This research culminated in the publication of the catalogue of the collection of eastern Indian sculpture in the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin (Eastern Indian Sculpture in the Museum of Indian Art, Berlin, Berlin, 1998) and in the recent publication of a monograph on the sculpture from Kurkihar (The forgotten Place, Stone Sculpture at Kurkihar, New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of
India, 2014). 

She has also researched various aspects of Buddhist manuscript illuminations and of the iconography of the Buddha, having published a book on The Bejewelled Buddha from India to Burma, New Considerations (New Delhi, 2010). The author has also researched and published various papers and a book on the murals of Bagan (Burma) from the 11th up to the 13th century (The Buddhist Murals of Pagan, Timeless vistas of the cosmos, Bangkok, 2003).

This event is made possible by generous support from SOAS's Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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