Here we have a beautiful painting of Ankor Wat temple in Siem Reap Cambodia. Well know as one of the eight wonders of the world and a marvel of ancient engineering and culture. For me my trips to the temple were truly magical. I walked through temple’s walls, awestruck by the huge blocks of stone compiling buildings of immense magnitude, looking at the precise carvings of the Apsala on the walls thinking to myself. There is no way we could build something like this today. We wouldn’t have the patience. Ankor’s memories continue to inspire me deep in my life.
Some History of Ankor Wat temple and the Khmer empire:
The Ankor period began in 802 A.D when King Jayavarman the second returned from being exiled to Java and reclaimed his throne. He founded his capital the city of Ankor which flourished and 200 years later under King Suryavarman the second Ankor Wat was contructed as his burial shrine. 50,000 men worked the main temple to completion in 37 years. However future rulers continued building countless other smaller temples and monuments. Including the other two large temples of Ankor Tom and Bayon ( temple of a hundred Buddha heads ).
Incidentally two factors that gave rise to such a powerful civilization at the time was an effective political system and an advanced irrigation system to control water from the Mekong river for agriculture. An extensive road system extended up to modern day Laos, across into Thailand and down into southern Vietnam.
Both Buddhism and Hinduism had influence in Khmer society. Hinduism played an important role in Khmer civilization as the Ankor Monarchs adopted as deva-raja, or “god-king” by which the king was revered as an incarnation of the god Shiva. Most temples of Ankor are dedicated to either Shiva or Vishnu. Mahayana Buddhism also played a role in the influence of the society.
About five centuries ago the Khmer Ankor civilization vanished with an invasion from Thailand and when it is believed that the capital was relocated to Pnom Penn.
The city remained lost in the jungle until it was rediscover in 1860 by French botanist Henri Mouhot who was exploring the Cambodian jungles. Even most locals believed the temple city was a myth.
Ankor Wat stands as one of mankind’s greatest achievements.
I know whoever gets this painting will treasure it. If you have been to the temple it will be a reminder of its magnificence and beauty. If you have not been there it will inspire you to go.
No noticeable flaws
Size: 38.75" wide and 15.6" tall ( 98.4 cm wide and 39.6 cm long ) not including white canvas excess border
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