Angkor Thom. The Bayon. Dancing Apsaras.
12th c Cambodian Khmer Architectural Sculpture
KHMER (ANGKOREAN) Anonymous
(active c. 802 - c. 1450)
Troops of dancing girls were attached to Khmer temples, just as they were to Indian temples, and they were often depicted in reliefs like the one you see here. The particular leg positions are typical of Cambodian classical dance, as are the hand positions. In order to keep the fingers flexible enough to make these gestures, mothers would start gently bending a baby girl's fingers backward, a practice that continued through childhood.
The elegant figures of the Apsaras blend with the profuse but delicate relief of plant forms that tie the dancers into a curving tapestry of nature.
KHMER | Angkor Thom. The Bayon. Dancing Apsaras. | c. 1181-1200 | Cambodian | Khmer
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