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Earl Drake: Uncovering the woman behind Majapahit

  • Deanna Ramsay

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, April 19 2012 | 10:18 am
Earl Drake: Uncovering the woman behind Majapahit

PREMIUM JP/R. Berto Wedhatama“The central figure was this statue and it just mesmerized me.”

That is how Earl Drake, former Canadian ambassador to Indonesia, describes his discovery of Gayatri Rajapatni, a powerful and — as he puts it — forgotten woman of the Majapahit kingdom.

Seven years after his encounter with that 14th-century feat of artistry at Washington, D.C.’s Freer Galle...