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The Khmer empire, which at its height covered the whole of present-day Combodia and most of Thailand, flourished for over 500 years. At its heart was Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, built during the region of the Khmer king Suryavarman II, in the first half of the 12th century. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu, and its magnificent architecture mirrored in microcosm the entire Hindu universe. To enhance its sacred nature, over 600 metres of bas-reliefs were carved on the walls of the third enclosure illustrating battles and processions, Heavens and Hells and the creation myth. The gradual reading of the reliefs as pages of an ancient book unravel the religious and secular symbolism with which Angkor Wat was imbued by the Khmers in the XII century. Aided by the photography of Jaroslav Poncar, Vittorio Roveda reveals the iconographic intricacies of this magnificent temple as never before.
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Studio: River Books Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 10" Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 25, 2007
Publisher River Books Press
ISBN 9748225836 ISBN13 9789748225838
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More About Vittorio Roveda
Vittorio Roveda has had a multi-faceted career. He gained his first doctorate in geology and stratigraphy in the 1950s, but switched interests in the 1980s to studying Asian art history. He obtained his second doctorate on the carved reliefs of Angkor Wat in 2000. Since then he has written various papers on Khmer art and spent several months every year in Cambodia.
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The Carved Reliefs of Angkor Wat Oct 11, 2003
The magnificent reliefs of Angkor Wat, wrapping around the temple walls for over 1/3 of a mile, have long fascinated visitors and scholars alike. Among recent books about the carvings, Roveda's (2003) study sets a new standard of excellence:
1. By concentrating only on the reliefs, Roveda is able to provide a more detailed and in many ways more satisfying analysis than most.
2. In addition to the major long reliefs of the third enclosure, Roveda's book also includes the comparatively neglected corner pavilion, lintel, and pedimental reliefs from elsewhere in the temple.
3. The book is appropriately illustrated, with over 250 good-quality black and white photographs.
4. The author quotes full translations of inscriptions associated with the reliefs.
5. The author, who has previously written a book on Khmer mythology, provides lengthy summaries of numerous stories from the Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, etc. which pertain to the reliefs.
6. The author, while proposing many new identifications for particular reliefs, also refers generously to other scholars with possibly different interpretations; the reader gets the full range of the best current thinking on the subject.
7. Roveda's writing is very clear and easy to understand.
It is rare to find a book which is so valuable for the general reader and the scholar alike; I highly recommend it; and for those who plan to visit Angkor, it is a book that you will surely want to take with you.