Download PDF by Julian Davison: Balinese Architecture (Periplus Asian Architecture Series)

By Julian Davison

ISBN-10: 1462914225

ISBN-13: 9781462914227

Balinese sort villas and lodges are stoning up everywhere—from Ibiza to St Barts to Singapore. yet what's Balinese structure? And why is it so renowned today?

Traditional Balinese homes, temples and pavilions are designed to permit guy to exist in concord with the common forces of the universe—reflecting middle Balinese ideals approximately man's position on the subject of the cosmos, the gods, the ancestors, and the area round him. leading edge neighborhood and Western architects were designing lodges and villas on Bali for many years, drawing their thought from those neighborhood traditions.

In this exclusive e-book, writer Julian Davison offers a entire advisor to Balinese architectural kinds, the Balinese trust procedure, the rituals linked to construction, the fabrics and development options, and the problematic ornamentation used. Over a hundred watercolor illustrations and pictures offer a transparent photograph of the island's structure in addition to an eye-opening examine a tradition and a people who have captivated the world's mind's eye.

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The gateways play an important part in the symbolic order man), and swah (the domain of of Balinese temple architecture, creating the gods). A stone throne sits on thresholds between the secular world out­ top with a high back, which is side and the realm of the sacred within. often ornamented with a carving of a swan or, alternatively, an eagle, the swan being identified as the mount, or vehicle, of Brahma, and the eagle that of Wisnu. There are two principal types of shrine, the padmasana, or "lotus seat," and the meru, a wooden house-like Candi Bentar The candi bentar, or split gateway, is a distinctive feature of Balinese temple architecture.

The earliest inscriptions, written in an ancient Javanese script, date from the 11th century and relate to a number of male and female statues on the uppermost terrace, generally assumed to be portraits of royalty. Their presence may indicate the existence of an ancestral cult of divine rulers similar to the god-kings (devaraja) of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. 31 Balinese Temples and Shrines There are literally tens of thousands of temples and shrines on the island of Bali, a proliferation of religious architecture probably not equalled anywhere else in the world.

Other sub­ tations of animals and mythological beasts, such ject matter on temple gates includes the faces as winged lions (singa) and garuda birds or even of female dancers and angels as well as village the gods themselves. musicians, dancers, and priestly activities. Corner motifs include karang curing, which The most important carved images, however, are reserved for the walls and gateways of tem­ are composed of the upper part of a bird's beak ples for they divide the sacred precincts of the with a single eye and jagged teeth, or as an temple from the profane, secular world outside.

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