Banteai Srei. Dvarapala. Central Sanctuary.
10th c Cambodian Khmer Architecture
KHMER (ANGKOREAN) Anonymous
(active c. 802 - c. 1450)
These small shrines from Banteay Srei were created by the minister of the king in his honor. Much smaller than Angkor Wat, which we will examine later, Banteay Srei is nevertheless considered among the masterpieces of Khmer art. The temple shrine are set on plinths similar to those used in both India and Indonesia, but the layers that surmount them are among the most graceful and beautiful in the world. All the surfaces are richly decorated with exuberant but delicate tracery. The heavenly maidens that grace the temples have a sensuous vitality, but are much more modest than the voluptuous Indian examples.
KHMER | Banteai Srei. Dvarapala. Central Sanctuary. | c. 967 | Cambodian | Khmer
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