Item description for Of Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor Wat by Thomas S. Maxwell & Jaroslav Poncar...
The rich and evocative bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat have captured the imagination of travelers, artists, and scholars for centuries. Built for the Khmer king Suryavarman II in the twelfth century, the enormous temple complex consists of an outer enclosure surrounded by a moat, with three further concentric rectangular enclosures inside it. The bas-reliefs featured in this book are carved on the walls of the third enclosure. Jaroslav Poncar has brilliantly captured the detail of these huge reliefs, measuring more than two meters in height and five hundred meters in overall length, using the high-precision technique of slit-scan photography. One hundred full-page panoramic photographs bring readers within the very walls of Angkor. Scenes from the great Indian epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata are expansively explained and interpreted by Angkor expert Thomas S. Maxwell.
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Studio: Silkworm Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 11" Height: 6" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher Silkworm Books
ISBN 9749511182 ISBN13 9789749511183
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The Reliefs of Angkor Wat Jun 8, 2008
Of Gods, Kings and Men is a photographic study of the reliefs of the temple of Angkor Wat. Each chapter contains a clear plan and a detailed explanation of the historical origin of the reliefs treated in that particular chapter. I found it very interesting but I can understand this kind of publication will only be appreciated by those realy interested in the details of these reliefs and/or in the history of the Khmer Civilization. Those interested in this work might also be interested in: Sacred Angkor: Carved Reliefs Of Angkor WatLe Temple d'Angkor Vat (5 Vol. SET of 7) / L'Architecture du Monument / La Sculpture Ornementale du Temple / La Galerie des Bas-Reliefs (Memoires Archeologiques Publies par l'Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient, II)+Le Temple D'Angkor Vat (Memoires Archeologiques / Publies Par L'Ecole Francaise D'Ex) Personally I am happy to be in the possession of all these publications but I tend to prefer the 1929 publication of the OFEO Le Temple d'Angkor Vat since this publication contains the most complete collection of photographs of the original reliefs before later damages occured.