Monday, September 17, 2012

Picturebooks in stone

Men trying to capture two boars in the forest on the south gate of Baphuon
Today we return to the renovated Baphuon temple in the Angkor Park, the 11th century temple reopened again in 2011, for a look at a few more of the narrative panels that have been out of public view since the 1960s. Climb the steep stairway to the second enclosure of the main temple and you will be rewarded with richly decorated mythological scenes of Hindu inspiration, many of which are unique to this temple. They are well worth seeking out in some of the nooks and crannies.
A dying Rishi is cared for as his colleague captures the suspect bull, at the south gate

At the south gate, a Rishi is fighting a boar with a spear

A popular scene, showing Krishna subduing the naga Kaliya on the south gate

Two men capturing birds in the forest. One man is carrying three birds whilst a small mammal climbs the tree to escape

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