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In the Angkor Wat temple, the walls are covered with more than two thousand apsaras, all of the different from each other. Each face has its own beauty and expression; every move is different.

Wearing glittering silk tunics, sequinned tops and elaborate golden headdresses, they execute their movements with great deftness and deliberation, knees bent in plié, heels touching the floor first at each step, coy smiles on their faces. Every position has its own particular symbolism – a finger pointing to the sky, for instance, indicates “today”, while standing sideways to the audience with the sole of the foot facing upwards represents flying.

Picture was taken just after sunrise, which lends a warm yellowish glow to these walls which are facing the sun.

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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 202 W: 22 N: 499] (3145)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-01
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-08 4:55
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