SERIES B JAVANESE KRATON
Series B recreates the court of a Javanese Kraton (palace). There were many small kingdoms developing on Java from around the time of the Mataram and Majapahit empires. They comprise a melding of various Hindu, Buddhist, Islam faiths and cultures. From the sixteenth century onwards, the Europeans arrived and sought to dominate the spice trade in the Maluku Islands, culminating in the supremacy of the Dutch government. For most of the colonial period, Dutch control over its territories in the Indonesian archipelago was tenuous. Dutch rule propped up the favoured rulers and there were regular ceremonies in which the ruler would walk in a procession, hand in hand with the Dutch Governor of his territory. This signified his claim as the then rightful ruler, supported by the Dutch government.
There are now several kratons of significance in Java, the main ones are located at Yogyakarta and Surakarta. The kratons remain bastions of the Javanese aristocracy where the ideals of cultural refinement were developed to a remarkable level of nuance and complexity. Each kraton is ruled by a Susuhunan or Sultan who was a link in a hereditary lineage that bore the title Pakubuwono (Kraton Solo) or Hamengkubuwono (Kraton Yogya). The performing arts played a central role in the ceremonial and daily activities of the palace. There is an ordered hierarchy which can be seen in the rituals and costumes of all the inhabitants.
KRATON SOLO MUSICIANS WEARING YELLOW SEMBONG EDGED RED
Given the wealth of information currently available, this series will comprise sets on royalty, orchestras and performances (dancers and puppeteers). Each set comes with an introductory guide booklet. This series will feature stately and processional themes. Sets will be developed around the Sultan’s court and the most magnificent gamelan orchestra!
KRATON SOLO MUSICIANS - BACK VIEW SHOWING THE KERIS
The figures in court costumes are painted to represent either Kraton Yogya or Kraton Solo courtiers, with differences in Batik patterns.
KRATON YOGYA MUSICIANS WEARING RED SEMBONG EDGED GOLD
For this series, a typical courtier is dressed in a jacket, head scarf and a wrap-around sarong or kain panjang. A keris is tucked into his back. The jacket is always painted black, perhaps with some gold filigree for details. The head is always covered with an iket (head scarf), kuluk (tall cap) or Madura cap.
The sarong, kain panjang or kain dodot is painted white, light brown, brown, blue or black with various lines to represent the complex batik patterns. Additional variety and detail may be added such as white (Kraton Yogya) or beige (Kraton Solo) spots or markings to simulate the formal batik patterns characteristic of the kraton culture. Finally gold paint is added to represent prada (gold embroidery). The batik patterns would be more elaborate on royalty figures. As the series develops, it is planned to represent even more Batik patterns in these sets.
The courtiers wear a sembong (yellow/red sash) when in the presence of the ruler on specific occasions.
Take a look at the most spectacular gamelan sets. These have been fully researched, developed and represents a supreme achievement for Golden Chersonese Miniatures.
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These sets depict the court of the Sultans who enjoyed a semi-feudal yet religious relationship with their subjects and were garbed differently for the various ceremonial (wearing full regalia) or religious (semi-naked) occasions. Each set includes the sultan, attendants and accessories.
SET B2 Ceremonial Guards - coming soon
With set B3a, we offer the most fabulous gamelan orchestra ever which is based on the Sir Stamford Raffles collection. The musical instruments feature anthropomorphic and animal designs. The musicians are dressed in Javanese court costumes playing on the Raffles gamelan. This very uncommon pairing makes for a premium and exclusive set! The musicians are made with various body and hand positions and are painted in several sarong (cloth) colour schemes. Other gamelan sets are also available.