Item description for Icons of Art: The Collections of the National Museum of Indonesia by John N. Miksic...
The Indonesian National Museum is one of the oldest museums in Asia, and for anyone interested in the cultural and national heritage of Indonesia it is the one place not to be missed. For those unable to visit Indonesia, Icons of Art brings this heritage to you in an exquisite and detailed volume. Its collections span an immense range in time and space, covering millions of years of natural and human history and thousands of islands scattered between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Icons of Art is an exploration of the National Museum's collections, including many never-before exhibited treasures, on the occasion of a major expansion of the museum.
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Studio: Bab Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 10" Height: 11.25" Weight: 4.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2007
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
ISBN 9798926250 ISBN13 9789798926259 UPC 676251926255
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More About John N. Miksic
John Miksic is now professor of history at the National University of Singapore.
Reviews - What do customers think about Icons of Art: The Collections of the National Museum of Indonesia?
Indonesia's National Museum Jun 5, 2008
This new guide (2007) to the highlights of Indonesia's National Museum is very welcome. It is reasonably priced, topically organized, and offers selective but blanced coverage of the Museum's holdings in prehistory, metal work, statues, textiles, and ethnographic artifacts. Good photographs, and short but informative object descriptions, combine with a few longer essays to give a good overview of the museum's history, current status, and aspirations for the future. Approximately 500 (my estimate) of the museum's 150,000 holdings are illustrated and discussed.
Some readers may want to know how this book compares to the earlier, 1992, "Art of Indonesia: Pusaka" from the same museum. "Pusaka" shows fewer objects, but in larger-format (and frankly, better) photographs. The essays in "Pusaka" focus on a single topic (pusaka = cultural and spiritual heritage), and are quite worthwhile for that very reason. Lovers of Indonesian art will want to have both books, because their differences compliment each other and both are very worthwhile. If I had to choose only one, it would be "Icons," just because it is more recent and gives the current insight into the museum's philosophy. Ideally, though, both books would occupy an honored place on any reader's bookshelf.