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Art and Architecture of Cambodia : World of Art S. - Helen Ibbitson Jessup

Art and Architecture of Cambodia

World of Art S.

Paperback Published: 11th May 2004
ISBN: 9780500203750
Number Of Pages: 224

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Legendary tales of kings and princes, wars, conquests, and unions with gods and goddesses--all these are portrayed in the spectacular friezes, reliefs, and stone carvings for which Cambodia has become justly renowned. The enormous variety of styles and influences, both sacred and secular, that are expressed in Cambodian art make this one of the most surprising and rewarding of all Southeast Asian cultures. Our understanding of the Khmers, whose kingdom dates back to early in the first millennium, is drawn from written Chinese records, myths recorded in Sanskrit, and the evidence revealed by research and exploration that continues to the present day. The profound and lasting influence of India on Khmer culture is evident in Cambodia's religious architecture, principally Hindu and Buddhist temples; each faith is reflected in work of remarkable vigor and exceptional grace and beauty. French archaeologists in the nineteenth century reopened the doors onto this world. Still more remarkable, perhaps, is how much has survived through generations of determined looting and political conflict. These persistent features of Cambodia's history make the richness and fragility of its architectural and artistic legacy strikingly apparent. World-famous sites, such as Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear, breathtaking monuments in their own right, have tended to overshadow a wealth of lesser-known buildings and complexes buried deep in the jungle. Many remarkable photographs are published here for the first time, of both famous sites and those that have, until now, been almost impossible to see, for both geographical and political reasons.

Myth and Matrix: Prehistory and the origins of the Khmer people and their religionsp. 6
Pre-Angkor States: from the second to the eighth centuryp. 22
The Growth of Royal Power: the ninth century and the beginnings of Angkorp. 60
The Evolution of Angkor: the architectural and sculptural glories of the tenth centuryp. 80
The Sun King and the Baphuon: the eleventh century and the expansion of empirep. 108
Angkor Wat and the Height of Empire: the twelfth century and Suryavarman IIp. 134
Jayavarman VII: the Bayon period and the triumph of Buddhismp. 160
After Angkor: Political change and the continuity of culture, thirteenth century to the presentp. 192
Glossaryp. 208
Select Bibliographyp. 213
List of Illustrationsp. 218
Acknowledgmentsp. 222
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780500203750
ISBN-10: 050020375X
Series: World of Art S.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11th May 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1