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This is the introductory chapter of the book Following the Cap-Figure in Majapahit Temple Reliefs, in which the author presents the results of her studies, which have yielded new insights into the meaning of the cap-figure in narrative temple reliefs, and beyond this, of the Majapahit temples in general. At the beginning of the author's research, she considered this cap simply to be an interesting new fashion of the time, and she was fascinated by the variety of the depictions and by the range of narratives in which the cap-figure appeared. Increasingly, her interest was directed to the various meanings of this figure, and to the question of its meaning and function within the particular narrative being depicted. All ancient Javanese art and literature bears a deeper symbolism, and this deeper layer, this symbolism, is even today the basis of traditional Javanese culture.

Keywords: cap-figure; Javanese culture; Majapahit temple reliefs; narrative reliefs; symbolism



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