This image may not be very appealing to some but like many visitors to these ruins I too am fascinated by these figures which adorn many of the walls around the temples at Angkor and the mysteries it holds even to historians and archeologists up till today. Upon further read-up on the subject these lovely bas-reliefs and sculptures are put in better light. What actually drew me to the subject is to find the differences between “devata” and “apsara”
Apsaras in the art and architecture of Cambodia
Apsaras represent an important motif in the stone bas-reliefs of the Angkorian temples in Cambodia (8th–13th century AD), however all female images are not considered to be apsaras. In harmony with the Indian association of dance with apsaras, Khmer female figures that are dancing or are poised to dance are considered apsaras; female figures, depicted individually or in groups, who are standing still and facing forward in the manner of temple guardians or custodians are called devatas.
Angkor Wat, the largest Angkorian temple built (1116–1150 AD), features both apsaras and devata, however the devata type are the most numerous with more than 1,796 in the present research inventory.
As written in www.devata.org website:
Scholars refer to the women as devatas (deities), when portrayed in large sculptures, and apsaras (dancers and singers of the gods), when groups appear in smaller sculptures.
More interesting research regarding devatas can be viewed “HERE”
This shot was taken at Bayon which is in the enclosure of Angkor Thom and famous for its giant stone faces.
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kevinos (7379) 2012-03-25 0:22
This is a very attractive image from the Bayon. It is , of course, much photographed, over photographed , if fact, being right on the tourist trail. However, you have compsoed this very well and the two apsaras of different sizes are charming together. You had a good light, not the usual harsh sunlight, which has allowed to capture the textures of the stonework beautiffully.Regards kevin
Miguel82 (16570) 2012-03-25 1:57
Beautiful sculptures with a good sharpness and grey colors good work Miguel
ChrisJ (92167) 2012-04-01 4:47
I may have even taken the same shot! Looks familiar. Good sharpness & textural details here. Especially with the sun bleached lichens over the stones. Tfs!
- Copyright: Aloysius Ho (aloyho) (6798)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-06
- Categories: Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: SONY Alpha A350 Digital SLR, SONY 3.5 - 6.3 / 18 - 250mm, Vitacon 62mm UV
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-03-24 22:16