The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. Each of the famous "face towers" supports two, three or (most commonly) four gigantic smiling faces.
The similarity of the 216 gigantic faces on the temple's towers to other statues of the king Jayavarman VII has led many scholars to the conclusion that the faces are representations of himself. Others have said that the faces belong to the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara.
"Wherever one wanders," writes Maurice Glaize, French architect and archeologist, the faces of Lokesvara follow and dominate with their multiple presence.
Extracted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayon
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Juzo (4199) 2011-01-19 4:43
I like your B&W interpretations of Angkor. They lend a haunting feel to what people say is an atmospheric place. The tone on the face is excellent, the texture and contrasts on the face, very smooth.
MLINES (12516) 2011-04-06 2:58
Hi May, Very good POV showing several faces at the same time. A wonderful historical place. TFS. Murray