Sculpture of Ankor and Ancient Cambodia: Millennium of Glory

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The thousand-year artistic legacy of Cambodia includes some of the world's mostbeautiful works of art and architecture. This richly illustrated volume, published to coincide with an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Réunion des Musées Nationnaux, examines the powerful and original Khmer culture that flourished on the mainland of Southeast Asia between 600 and 1600 A.D. Centered on the northern shores of Cambodia's Great Lake, the Tonle Sap, and extending westward into eastern Thailand, ...
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Overview

The thousand-year artistic legacy of Cambodia includes some of the world's mostbeautiful works of art and architecture. This richly illustrated volume, published to coincide with an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Réunion des Musées Nationnaux, examines the powerful and original Khmer culture that flourished on the mainland of Southeast Asia between 600 and 1600 A.D. Centered on the northern shores of Cambodia's Great Lake, the Tonle Sap, and extending westward into eastern Thailand, the civilization reached its apogee in the early twelfth century with the construction of the Temple of Angkor. Embracing both Buddhist and Hindu traditions, the sculpture ranges from monumental works in sandstone representing gods and goddesses, guardians, female dancers, and legendary creatures, to refined ritual and ceremonial bronzes. Essays by an international group of scholars together with narrative discussions of each of the works illustrated provide a fascinating introduction to a culture that is still relatively unknown.
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Because the devastating civil war and present political turmoil have put Cambodia beyond the reach of all but the most determined traveler, the great exhibition of Khmer art now making the rounds of French, American, and Japanese museums is an unparalleled chance to examine a group of powerful and subtle sculptures representing ten centuries of Khmer civilization. Angkor, the great city and temple complex in central Cambodia, is only the best known of a host of sites throughout Southeast Asia covered in this exhibition catalog. Because of the climate, the vast majority of the works are stone sculpture, and their grace and clarity are well depicted in the 256 illustrations, which are given historical and religious context by 13 disparate essays. Although there are photos of Angkor and an essay on architecture, this is primarily a catalog of superb sculpture representing not only the Angkor era but the whole flowering of Khmer civilization. Recommended for art and archaeology collections in public and academic libraries.David McClelland, Philadelphia
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500237380
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 12.36 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaces
Directors' foreword
Lenders to the exhibition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The National Museum of Cambodia
Chronology
Note to the reader
History
Cambodia from Its Beginnings 3
Ancient Cambodia: A Historical Glimpse 13
Changing Perspectives: Cambodia after Angkor 22
Religion, Epigraphy, and Iconography
The Religions of Ancient Cambodia 34
Khmer Epigraphy 53
Nandin and His Avatars 62
The Figure of Hevajra and Tantric Buddhism 71
Architecture
The Triumphs and Perils of Khmer Architecture: A Structural Analysis of the Monuments of Angkor 81
Khmer Hydraulics 93
Temple-Mountains and the Devaraja Cult 101
The Meaning of Angkor Thom 117
The Marvel of Banteay Srei 123
Sculpture
Introduction to Khmer Sculpture: General Remarks 130
Catalogue
Seventh to eighth century 143
Ninth to late tenth century 189
Late tenth to late twelfth century 237
Late twelfth to early thirteenth century 297
Thirteenth century and later 335
Notes and bibliographic references 347
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Photographic Credits
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