I.S. (Sofia) Sundström

  • PhD student
  • Southeast Asian Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: i.s.sundstrom@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Indonesie

Fields of interest

Buddhist art, iconography, textile art and early 1900s European art.

PhD research

An art historical study of Avalokitesvara in Insular Southeast Asia
Supervisors: Marijke Klokke (LIAS) and Arlo Griffiths (EFEO)

I intend to examine the Buddhist imagery of Avalokiteśvara in insular Southeast Asia. Primarily I will be focusing on the western part of insular Southeast Asia in this study, concentrating on the areas covered today by Malaysia, Indonesia and to some extent southern Thailand as this is where the majority of the images which I am interested in have been found. By examining the images and texts available from the region I hope to be able to determine how the worship of Avalokiteśvara developed during the Buddhist period in insular Southeast Asia. From the introduction of the Bodhisattva to Avalokiteśvara’s part in triads that have remained in situ to the eventual version of Amoghapaśa. This should also shed some light on the significance of Avalokiteśvara to the local Buddhist faith and on the popularity of the Bodhisattva.


2006 - 2007
MA in Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies

2004 - 2005
MA Art History, University of Sussex

2000 - 2003
BA Combined Honours English Literature and Art History, University of Surrey Roehampton


- Sundström, Sofia. (2007) ”Batak Toba Houses.” 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die. Ed. Mark Irving. Pg. 253. London: Quintessence.

- Sundström, Sofia. (Forthcoming) “The Bimaran Casket – A Contribution to the Discussion Regarding Its Iconography.” Phoenix – Online Journal.

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