07 FEB – SCULPTURE
The Arthure team presents you today Angkor and the magnificent sculptures of the temples. These are round-boss sculptures, some in stone, but mainly in metal, testifying to a unique know-how. Angkor was one of the capitals of the Khmer civilization. It is a unique testimony of religious Asian art. Equally in terms of architecture and sculpture.
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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ANGKOR SCULPTURE
Angkor is one of the most prestigious archaeological sites in the world, located in Cambodia. The construction of its temples began in the 8th century. The site takes its name from the river that surrounds it.
Temples are dedicated to gods and goddesses. In both Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, the representation of deities is extremely codified. Gods can take many forms, and religious or non-religious worshippers are also represented.
The sculptures of the Angkor temples that we have collected are dated from the 8th to the 13th centuries. And they all come from this region.
Thus we find several representations of the Hindu god Shiva. “the good one, the lucky one”. He is a very important god who can take many forms, for example the female form. As well as a third eye that destroys everything he sees, he is often represented closed
For the Buddhist religion. It is a religion where believers seek the ultimate awakening, which corresponds to nothingness and liberation. Avalokiteshvara is mainly represented. He is the most famous and revered Bodhisattva. The role of the Bodhisattva is to set an example for the faithful on how to pray and detach themselves from the world to achieve liberation.
Coup de cœur ARTURE
« These sculptures show a stylistic evolution. They also illustrate representations of religious and divinities that can take many forms. It is a very precious testimony to Asian sculptural art in the round. »Claire ARTURE
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If you liked the sculptures from the Angkor temples you will appreciate the archaic Greek sculptures. Where is also visible the desire to codify physical or moral characteristics.
The next collection of sculptures will focus on the Cinquecento. Sculptures from the High Renaissance, they illustrate the revival of ancient models.