A little while ago I had written about the most prominent feature of Bayon Temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia- the intriguing faces carved on every side of the temple towers.
However this is hardly the only interesting feature about the temple. I was also quite fascinated by the large panels of bas-relief carvings on the outer walls of the temple.
These carvings give us a glimpse into the war that Jayavarman VII fought against the Chams who had for a brief period of time got control over the region. The Chams are identifiable by their inverted lotus hats. The Chams had used the river to launch a boat attach and boats also featured in Jayavarman’s battle and hence the details in the large panels.
But the panels, done in three tiers also show us brief glimpses into the ordinary lives of soldiers, camp followers and regular people.
Soldiers Passing Around Refreshments
You have just got to love the realistic details!