Friday, February 6, 2009

X marks the spot

One of the 40 seated Buddhas on the inner wall of Temple X
Temple X (aka Monument 483) is the temple within the Preah Pithu group which is bedecked with Buddhist iconography whilst the other four shrines were decorated in more traditional Hindu-inspired motifs and reliefs. More photos to follow, especially of the inside walls of the main shrine of Temple X which have a very unique series of seated Buddha carvings, forty of them in total, which renowned scholar Claude Jacques has suggested means the temple was built, or certainly partially decorated in the 14th century.

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