Turning Stone to Canvas

I’d been looking forward to seeing the fabled temples of Angkor for most of my life and was suitably thrilled by my first glimpse of Angkor Wat’s legendary towers, but it was the miles of friezes around the lower walls of the temple that were the great revelation for me.  Somehow, it seemed, those sculptors had turned stone to canvas.  Here’s a little gallery to show you what I mean:

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22 thoughts on “Turning Stone to Canvas

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  2. I’ve always been fascinated by sculptor and their work, how they release a figure from its rock/marble prison. When it comes to works like these panels, I’m amazed by the level of detail that can be achieved within but a few mm of the surface. Unbelievable. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

    • It’s a miracle that they’ve survived so well, isn’t it? I was bowled over by them – at first just that they were there, so many of them, then the wonderful vignettes they depicted, then the individual drawings and expressions – I thought they were terrific.

    • Ooooh yes, I’m sure you would JM – I wondered if I enjoyed them so much because they were so unexpected, but years later, looking at photos of the work still fills me with joy, so I think it was that they just leapt off the walls and grabbed our attention by their vivacity and quirky detail. 🙂

  3. Wonderful 🙂 Have you ever tried stone carving yourself? I did a class a few years ago, and it was so restful and satisfying, carving and making something out of a square slab of plain rock 🙂

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