The Chinese Influence In Indonesian Visual Art

Posted by Padang Cahaya on January 18, 2012

Chinese culture played a truly significant role in the development of visual art in Indonesia although not as strong as the Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim influences. Many Chinese culture form of artistic expression were adapted and assimilated into indigenous form. The Chinese influence was restricted to an addapted form.

The architectural elements in some temples for example, reveal Chinese influence. It is identical to the original models found in mainland China. In Gianyar Bali, strong links between the Chinese and local people are evidenced by the Chinese-style roofing on the place that was rebuilt at the end of the last century. In Cirebon, China designs were copied by local ceramics and paintings. Chinese influence also occurs in textile, furniture and household objects.

Adapted from Indonesian Heritage: Visual Art, 2003

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