Jewels For A King
by Claudine Bautze-Picron
Publication: Indo-Asiatische Zeitschrift, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Vol. 14, pp 42-57 | Part 1
Language : English
From the author: 'As early as 1933 and 1934, Gilberte de CORAL-RÉMUSAT had underlined the closeness of ornamentation and composition of pre-Angkorian and Indian lintels; later, Mireille BÉNISTI showed in a series of articles published in Arts Asiatiques between 1968 and 1974 how the Khmer decorative ornamentation traced its origin back in South Asia, summarizing a large part of her findings in her publication of 1970. From their research, it is obvious that the main period during which the Indian influence found its way to Southeast Asia, more particularly to the country of the Khmers, broadly spread between the fifth and the seventh centuries.'
However, adds the author, 'the aesthetics of the Khmers deeply differs in its sobriety from the genuine and deep feeling for the flowing movement and the extraordinary ornamentation which characterize the images of Indian gods and goddesses. These images are richly dressed with jewels from the very first moment of their creation by the artist, which is not the case among the Khmers.'
Photo: Ring or pendant, Khmer jewelry, private collection.
About the Author
Indian Art historian Claudine Bautze-Picron has studied artworks in Bihar, West Bengal, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia, focusing on Buddhist iconography.
A researcher with CNRS (France), she has authored books book on mural carvings and paintings at Pagan (Burma/Myanmar), and The Bejewelled Buddha, From India to Burma, (Sanctum Books, New Delhi/Kolkata, 2010).
She also teaches Indian Art History at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Free University of Brussels (Belgium).