Conference : Hélène Njoto, Sultans and master-builders in Java: Pioneers of early modern architecture history in Indonesia (16th c.-early 19th c.), 28 février, KITLV, Leiden

Sultans and master-builders in Java: Pioneers of early modern architecture history in Indonesia (16th c.-early 19th c.) par Hélène Njoto

28 Février, KITLV, Leiden

Javanese constructions in masonry from the early Modern period are outstandingly absent from Indonesian Modern building historiography. This gap is significant as it covers about two centuries and a half, from the moment Dutch and Chinese merchants settled in Batavia in the beginning of the 17th c. to the intervention of the first European colonial engineers in the second half of the 19th c. This presentation shows how Javanese patrons and master-builders were, in fact, among the first to react and integrate new techniques, such as mortar masonry, as they ordered the most up-to-date military, palatine as well as domestic constructions in the region. While a handful of studies have documented some of these buildings, the overall agency of Javanese sovereigns and their systematic emulation of foreign architectural types has been surprisingly neglected as a phenomenon of the colonial period.

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