Examine the photographs of bas relief from Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm temples. Look carefully at the costumes and ornamentation. What do they tell you about concepts of power and beauty in 12th and 13th century Cambodia.


For background information on the Angkor Wat temples see this website. You can also download and view this powerpoint .

This pdf file has some useful information around page 50.

Who do you think were the most powerful people in these photographs?
What do you think is the significance of the umbrellas?
Look at the headgear - what were the most powerful people wearing? How can you tell?
What do you think the jewellery tells us about how powerful the figures were?

Look at the picture on the right. What does the headgear tell you about how powerful each of the figures was?

Add your own questions.TaProhmUmbrella3wb.jpg

Headgear and earrings
Costumes and adornments
Hair length