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The Hindu and Buddhist Bronze Statuettes from Indonesia in Their Cultural, Religious, and Artistic Contexts (7th-11th centuries)
Mathilde Mechling has a Joint PhD Degree Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and Leiden University.
Her supervisors are: Prof. dr. Marijke Klokke and prof. dr. Vincent Lefèvre (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
Fields of interest
Art and material culture of South and Southeast Asia, Indonesian archaeology and history (5th BC to 15th AD), archaeometallurgy, intercultural relationships between South and Southeast Asia, iconography
Since Oct. 2014: PhD Candidate Leiden University and University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
2013-2015: BA in Sanskrit (Indian Studies), University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
2012-2013: ReMA in Art History, École du Louvre Paris and Erasmus programme in Leiden University. Thesis: A study of a specific group of bronze statuettes discovered in Java. Cultural contacts between Java and Northeast India, supervisors: Dr. V. Lefèvre and Prof. Dr. Marijke Klokke
2011-2012: MA in Curatorial Studies, École du Louvre Paris. Thesis: The notion of portraiture in Javanese Art, supervisor: Dr. V. Lefèvre
2008-2011: BA in Art History with specialization in South and Southeast Asian Art, École du Louvre Paris
2017: Lecturer in South and Southeast Asian history for the BA in Sanskrit (Indian Studies) – University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.
2015-2016: Lecturer in South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology for the BA in Sanskrit (Indian Studies) – University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.
- (With Brice Vincent, Pierre Baptiste, and David Bourgarit) Forthcoming, ‘Indonesian bronze-casting tradition: Technical investigations on thirty-nine Indonesian bronze statues (7th-11th c.) from the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris’, Arts Asiatiques 73, 2018.
- Forthcoming, ‘Review of: Claudine Bautze-Picron, The Forgotten Place: Stone Images from Kurkihar, Bihar, Archaeological Survey of India, 2014, i-xxviii, 1-643 pp.’, Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient 104, 2018.
- ‘Two hitherto unnoticed Indonesian bronze statues of the god Surya and the goddess Durga’, Aziatische Kunst, Jaargang 45, Nr. 2, July 2015, pp. 26-33.
- ‘Regard sur les statuettes hindoues et bouddhiques en bronze d’Indonésie: leur role pour la connaissance de la civilisation indonésienne ancienne et ses liens avec l’Asie du Sud et du Sud-Est’, Cahiers de l’École du Louvre. Recherche en histoire de l’art, histoire des civilisations, archéologie, anthropologie et museologie 5, Oct. 2014, pp. 25-33 [online].
- ‘Indonesian bronze-casting tradition: Technical investigations on thirty-nine Indonesian bronze statues (7th-11th c.) from the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet, Paris’, BUMA: The Ninth International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys, Busan, Korea, 16-19 Oct. 2017.
- Central Javanese bronze statues’, 2nd Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History (UGM & SOAS), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2 Aug. 2017.
- Technical investigations on Indonesian bronze statues: New elements on ritual consecration and sacred deposits’, 16th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EURASEAA), Poznan, Poland, 5 Jul. 2017.
- ‘Debating the “Amarāvatī-style” Buddha images: A comparative study of newly discovered bronzes from Indonesia and Sri Lanka’, 16th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EURASEAA), Poznan, Poland, 4 Jul. 2017.
- ‘Materializing early interactions between South and Southeast Asia through bronze sculptures’, Summer Programme in Southeast Asian Art History & Conservation, (Nalanda Sriwijaya Centre - ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, SOAS, University of Surabaya), Trawas, East Java, Indonesia, 24 Jul. 2016.
- ‘Bronze statues from Indonesia (7th-11th century)’, 1st meeting of the CAST:ING Project (Copper Alloy Sculpture Techniques and history: an International iNterdisciplinary Group), Foundry of Coubertin, France, 6 Jul. 2016.
- ‘Matérialiser les courants d’échanges interculturels entre Inde du Sud, Sri Lanka et Indonésie : à propos des images divines en bronze’, XIe Journée Monde Indien, UMR 7528: Mondes iranien et indien, Paris, 26 May 2016.
- ‘Hindu and Buddhist bronze statues from Indonesia: an introduction’, 2nd International Old Javanese Intensive Course, Trawas, East Java, Indonesia, 1 Aug. 2015.
Fieldworks and research activities
Coordinator, with David Bourgarit, of the technical study of the Indonesian bronze collection of the Musée Guimet, Paris (sampling, ICP-AES analyses, X-ray radiography, photography, microscopic examinations), in collaboration with the team of the Centre of Research and Restoration of French Museums (C2RMF), Dr. Brice Vincent (archaeometallurgist, EFEO), and Pierre Baptiste (Curator, Musée Guimet).
Two-months fieldwork in Java to constitute a photographic and descriptive corpus of bronze statues preserved in Javanese museums, with a research permit from the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Higher Education (RISTEK) and the sponsorship of Universitas Negeri Malang.
One-week study of the collection of Indonesian bronzes of the Weltmuseum, Vienna (Austria) and preparation of explanatory videos for the new gallery of the museum in collaboration with the curator.
Two-weeks study of the Indonesian bronze collections of the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford.
One-month fielwork in Sri Lanka to constitute a photographic and descriptive corpus of Sri Lankan bronzes to be used as comparative material for my Ph.D. research.
- Member of the scientific committee of the CAST:ING project (Copper Alloy Sculpture Techniques and history: an International iNterdisciplinary Group), coordinated by David Bourgarit (C2RMF & CNRS-Prétech), http://www.cast-ing.org. Writing, with Manon Castelle, of the Chapter 7 of the project guideline on Interior cavity of bronze sculpture.
- Member of the organizing committee for the 3rd Journée des Doctorants (Day for the Ph.D students) of the Unité mixte de recherche 7528: Mondes iranien et indien (CNRS, INALCO, EPHE, Sorbonne Nouvelle), November 2015.
- Member of the organizing committee for the 18th Rencontres Jeunes Chercheurs (RJC – meeting junior researchers) of the Doctoral School “Language et langues” ED 268, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3, June 11th – 12th 2015.
2016: Grant from the Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO), two-months fieldwork in Indonesia.
2015: Grant from the ED 268 (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3) and Sorbonne Paris Cité, one-month fieldwork in Sri Lanka.
2014: 3-year PhD Fellowship for PhD research awarded by Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.