Site of Andesite: Stoneworks in Magelang

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

THERE are hundreds of andesite stoneworks studios and galleries in the Subdistricts of Mungkid, Muntilan and Salam, along the main street connecting Magelang Regency and Yogyakarta City.

But this time, I don’t want to bother myself with data neither on the exact number of those studios and galleries nor about when they were began to appear.

It is not an easy thing because to date, there are no convincing or definitive data that show their early occurrence.

There are no facts or statistics to supply dating points, the exact dates of the earliest Magelang’s stoneworks businesses are not certain. Unclear.

Meanwhile, when you ask this question to stone workers or studio owners, you will probably get the (almost) same answers: “Our businesses have been up and running for decades. Many of us inherited stoneworks studios and galleries from our parents and grandparents.”

Some people say, stoneworks studios and galleries along the streets of the Subdistricts of Mungkid, Muntilan and Salam in Magelang Regency could have been seen since the 1960s, while others say that they began opening and popping up in 1970s.

Stone workers and studio owners almost never had a problem on getting raw materials.

Mount Merapi, the source of andesite stone, is just a few dozen kilometers from the subdistricts where the craftsmen work.

Andesite stone carvings prices may vary between studios and galleries.

The prices may also differ according to size, and as a general rule, the more difficult to create, the more expensive they are.

Some twenty years ago the stoneworks were mostly still heavily influenced by the existence of fame ancient temples in Central Java and Yogyakarta, especially Borobudur and Prambanan.

Many sculptors, for instance, carved the Ganesha, one of the best-loved and most-often represented deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses.

Most often, Ganesha was shown seated or dancing, with four arms, an elephant’s head and human body, and a rat, who serves as his vehicle.

Other stone workers made the Buddha heads, and also Buddhas presented with soft flowing robe and full rounded limbs.

Another statues were also presented in the typical pose of a Buddha: the lotus position of meditation, with feet placed soles-up on opposite thighs.

However, the stoneworks have become increasingly diverse over the past several years.

People can now find so many forms of contemporary or modern to architectural stoneworks – not merely aesthetically but functionally.***


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