Angkor Wat. South Gallery west half. Cham Troops.
12th c Cambodian Khmer Architectural Sculpture
KHMER (ANGKOREAN) Anonymous
(active c. 802 - c. 1450)
These details come from one of the most interesting of the reliefs which depicts the contemporary battles between Suryavarman II, the Khmer king and his enemies the Chams, the ancient Vietnamese. One of our Vietnamese students was particularly interested in this relief for he recognized the Vietnamese facial types. A detail of their faces is shown below. In the upper relief you can see the Cambodian troops with their squared conventionalized faces on the left, following the Cham soldiers on the right. Although the Khmer artists commonly used conventional depictions of the figures (legs and heads in profile, shoulders fully frontal, they did depart from convention to depict wonderfully realistic detail like the full frontal face of the central Cham soldier in the lower relief.
This relief is one of many showing the various troops involved in the war, each with distinctive costume and headgear.
KHMER | Angkor Wat. South Gallery west half. Cham Troops.| c. 1150-1199 | Cambodian | Khmer
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