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Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures on the Arts of Asia

Thursday, April 6

The Cleveland Hanuman: Art, Epic, and Repatriation by Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

6 pm

Campbell 153

Through the process of uncovering the ownership history of a monumental stone sculpture of the semi-divine supermonkey Hanuman in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Curator Sonya Quintanilla came to understand a magnificent architectural achievement unique to the site of Koh Ker in northern Cambodia. This lecture will include the story of Hanuman, the history of his depiction in Khmer art, the process of discovering the site of Koh Ker from which the Cleveland Hanuman came and the reasons why it was returned to its country of origin.

Sonya Rhie Quintanilla is the George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. in Indian art history from Harvard University in 1999 and her B.A. in South Asian Art and Religion at Smith College in 1993. Before joining the Cleveland Museum of Art she was the Curator of Asian Art at the San Diego Museum of Art from 2004 to 2012. She has organized many exhibitions, most recently Art and Stories from Mughal India in 2016, and has published extensively in topics of Indian painting and sculpture.

Additional support provided by the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.

(Image: Hanuman, c. 930. Koh Ker, Cambodia. Sandstone. H. 115.5 cm. Photo: Cleveland Museum of Art.) 


Rescheduled for the fall of 2017:

Indian Textiles for the Lands Below the Winds: The Trade with Southeast Asia by Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery

Ruth Barnes is Senior Curator of the Yale University Art Gallery’s newly endowed Department of Indo-Pacific Art. She earned her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, based on her research in eastern Indonesia. Prior to her appointment at Yale, Barnes was textile curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, where she focused on early Indian Ocean trade networks. She has written extensively on Indonesian weaving and related art forms, including Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt and The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum. She co-authored Trade, Temple and Court, and Indian Textiles from the Tapi Collection, and co-edited Five Hundred Years of Indonesian Textiles.

(Image: Patolu with Elephants (detail). Gujarat, India, traded to Indonesia, 18th century. Silk, double ikat. Image permission of Yale University Art Gallery.) 

Additional support provided by the Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia.