Monday, March 22, 2010

Decorative panels

This panel at the Baphuon shows a large ox
My visit to the Baphuon didn't go to plan and as it was closed for the weekend, I didn't get to see the outstanding decorative panels and bas-reliefs that are on the pyramid itself. However, I did get to see some of the panels that are on the reconstructed western gopura and these give a flavour of the ones to be found on the main monument. They show scenes of individual animals or men fighting animals and suchlike. For a taste of what I hope to find on my next visit, though I expect much better quality and preservation, here are some of the panels from the gopura's walls, which can be visited even if the central pyramid is closed.
Man and beast, an ox I believe, in a duel
One animal kills another, though it looks like this ox has developed a taste for animal flesh
This warrior is either fighting or trying to control a horse
The bottom panel shows two horses rearing up against each other, or they could be just making friends
Another man versus beast decorative panel, this time a horse is being brought under control
This Baphuon panel shows a man engaged in a fight to the death with a lion



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called BOKATOR means Hit A LION.

BOKATOR became Khmer martial arts and the origin of all Khmer BOK (BOX).
And I think the western word of BOX came from the Khmer word of BOK. When the French came to Cambodia, they found Khmer martial arts of BOKATOR and they even brought the glove to Khmer Boxer.

March 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

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