Friday, December 13, 2013

Victorious of Buffalo -- Pagaruyung Palace

Pagaruyung Palace West Sumatra

Wood carving motives on the wall

I traveled to West Sumatra, Indonesia this summer and visited the Pagaruyung Palace. It has been rebuilt and supposedly replicates the palace of a kingdom that was established 1347 by Adityawarman. The palace which now serves as a museum, was just restored a few years ago after being destroyed by lightning. The second picture is the traditional wood carving motive on the palace's wall.

The upward curved roof represents the common traditional local minangkabau (the name of local tribe) houses, imitating the water-bufallo's horns. It has to do with the legend of a victory of small water buffalo against  a strong, aggressive water buffalo belongs to the enemy of neighboring kingdom.



This is posted in the Weekend in Black and White 

14 comments:

  1. A great contribution to the B&W theme!

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  2. Very nice! Looks like an awesome place.

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  3. Such an enchanting wood carving. Like a fantasy palace in the first photo.

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  4. There's always an abundance of beauty in that part of the world and it looks amazing in monochrome! Love all the wonderful details.

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  5. Beautiful palace. I like the architecture.

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  6. Pattern, lines and curves - very fitting for the subject.

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  7. great image. Raises a question, why do they build roofs in that style?

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    1. Hi...I did mention in the text below the pictures....

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  8. The roof peaks are very elegant, I like them a lot. That carving is incredibly detailed. Excellent photos.

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  9. Such beautiful forms in the peaks of the roofs and the intricate carvings as well!

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  10. Love the shape of the roof, and nice to read the story about it. The wood carving is beautiful, too. Great subjects for wonderful b&w shots!

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