Angkor and Khmer Art
Angkor, like Borobudur in Indonesia or Vat Phra Kaeo in Thailand, is one of the most important shrines of Buddhist art in all Asia. Angkor is among the treasures of Humanity's Heritage, under the protection of UNESCO. Angkor's temple, built in one of the most populous cities of the 11th century, is a prime example of religious art, but its "bas reliefs" also depict events in the lives of kings and their courts, wars and scenes from the everyday life of the common people. Between the 7th and 14th centuries, Khmer art, primarily sculpture, is characterized by perfection of line and monumental size. Profoundly influenced by Indian Art, it is nonetheless original and of obvious refinement. Long out of print, this volume is inspired, in part, by a revival of interest in Cambodian art. It presents the architectural treasures and splendid sculptures of a civilization that drew on Indian and Chinese influences to create a uniquely Cambodian art.
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Angkor area Angkor Thom Angkor Wat Apsaras Ayuthia Bakong Banteay Srei barays Bayon Borobudur bronze Buddha Buddhist buildings built on piles Burma Burmese Cambodian canals capital carved causeway centre Chams city of Angkor colossal constructed cruciform courtyard edifice eleventh century enclosure enormous erected Facing Founan gods gopuras ground-plans hectare Hindu Indian Indo-China irrigation system Java Jayavarman VII Khmer architecture Khmer art Khmer civilization Khmer empire Khmer kingdom Khmer rulers king Koh Ker lake Low relief decorating mandapa Mekong Menam moat monastery monument Mount Meru Naga ornamentation outer gallery padas Pagan Phimeanakas pillars Prah Khan Prah Vihear prasats Pre-Rup Prohm religion rice plantations rice-fields ring galleries Roluos roofs sanctuary sandstone sculptural Shiva Siamese side Southeast Asia stairways lead stone straw huts structure stupas Sukhothai surrounding Suryavarman symbolize temple complex temple of Angkor temple-palaces terrace Thai thirteenth century towers traditional vaults Vishnu walls Wat Phu Yasodharapura