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Early Srivijaya in Southern Sumatra: The Extension of Buddhism

Colloquium with Professor Pierre-Yves Manguin, Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO, French School of Asian Studies)

Thursday, April 07, 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Archaeological data gathered since the 1990s in South Sumatra and Jambi provinces of Indonesia reveal the broad extension of the Srivijaya polity during the years that preceded or immediately followed its foundation at Palembang in the 670s and 680s. The spatial distribution of Buddhist sanctuaries and sculptures mark the outreach of the growing political centre. The shared styles of these statues also reveal the connections between the newly established Sumatran power and other contemporary polities in Southeast Asia.

Pierre-Yves Manguin is a professor at the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO, French School of Asian Studies), and teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). His research focuses on history and archaeology of the coastal states and trade networks of Southeast Asia. He has led archaeological work in Indonesia and Vietnam and published on themes related to maritime history and archaeology of Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, and on the archaeology of Funan (Vietnam), of Srivijaya (South Sumatra), and of Tarumanagara (West Java).

Reception to follow.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Art History, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

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