Candi Kidal

Candi Kidal is another temple from the Singhasari period. It is thought to date from the third quarter of the thirteenth century. It is located in the village of Kidal near Malang. It was elaborately described and documented by De Haan and Bosch in 1925. It is a small but richly ornamented temple. The roof is made up of triangular shapes filled with foliate ornamentation and antefixes in the centre and on the corners of the cornices of the various levels.

Roof ornaments Candi Kidal

The temple body shows a central band with a scroll motif and corner antefixes in the form of stylized monster heads; four lower bands with a meander motif, two palmette motifs, and a foliate motif; and four upper bands, two of which still have the original ornamentation consisting of a meander motif and a foliate motif comparable to the ornamentation on the lower bands. The wall space in between the bands has medallion-shaped reliefs showing animals among foliage or geometric motifs.

The entrance and the niches are also elaborately decorated, as is the base, which shows upright panels with stylized vases alternating with long panels including a medallion motif, both set between horizontal bands with meander motifs.

Candi Kidal, front westCandi Kidal, frontCandi Kidal ornaments temple body