Panji Stories in Southeast Asia

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(Detail) Scenes from a Panji tale [malat] of a legendary prince. 19th century. Ceremonial cloth made from pigments and ink on cotton; National Gallery of Australia

Panji Stories in Southeast Asia

Tales of Panji, dating from the 13th century and written by diverse authors, tell of the search by the Javanese cultural hero, Prince Panji Inu Kertapati, for his beloved princess Candra Kirana. The earliest Javanese texts no longer survive; early forms of the narrative are known through temple reliefs and statues. This lecture will describe the spread of these stories from Java as far as Myanmar and Cambodia, using illustrations from a range of artistic traditions, including the Javanese wayang beber scrolls, Balinese classical art, Thai temple murals and Burmese illustrated manuscripts. Of particular importance is the revival of Panji stories in recent times, the result of conjunctions between local politics and regional
heritage trends.

Adrian Vickers is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, and a member of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. His publications include the 2012 book Balinese Art: Paintings and Drawings of Bali 1800-2010.

How to Book: Booking confirmation and payment in advance are essential. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( – there is no need to book if you have already booked and paid for the whole lecture series.

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BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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7 June, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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