Sunday, August 22, 2010
Clustering Face Carvings: Exploring the Devatas of Angkor Wat is part of a push by Kent Davis and others to find out more about the women and why so many of them feature at the temple, and whether they are more than just the decoration they appear. The facial features analyzed in the study by the University of Michigan will be eyes, nose, mouth and face outline but this is a just a start. Why are the women on the higher levels and central tower larger and more powerful than the devatas in other parts of Angkor Wat? To be frank, the questions are endless but Kent Davis is leading the way in asking those questions and his research is expected to generate and divide opinion between experts, many of who have merely dismissed the devata as adornments in this funerary temple of King Suryavarman II. Davis, who has already published three Angkor-related books, will eventually publish his theory in a book, Daughters of Angkor Wat. Articles on his work appeared in the weekend editions of the Cambodia Daily here and the Phnom Penh Post, as he turns the heat up on his research. Find out more at devata.org.