Who are the mysterious foreigners in the Sambor Prei Kuk temple carvings ?

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Who are the mysterious foreigners in the Sambor Prei Kuk temple carvings ?

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:06 am

Interesting article on what these carvings may represent:

The mysterious ‘foreigners’ carved into the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk
Fri, 9 June 2017
At an ancient Chenla site, a series of carvings depict men who appear to be foreigners. Their identity has confounded, and divided, archaeologists and historians and raises questions about the interactions of the Khmer empires with the outside world.
Facing the main temple, Prasat Yeah Poun, is a derelict construction called Kda Ouk. Its architrave – the beam above the columns – bears the carvings of 12 men. Each is different – some with strong, chiselled features, and others more delicate – but they have notable characteristics in common, including moustaches, long curly hair, big eyes, thick eyebrows and pointy noses.

The unique features of these men do not fit with the statues and engravings at the rest of the temples – nor, researchers say, with the physical appearance of Cambodian people. This has led to speculation that they are the portraits of foreigners. But who were these outsiders and why, in the seventh century, would they have been important enough to the Khmer people to have been literally put on a pedestal?
Full article: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weeke ... r-prei-kuk
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Re: Who are the mysterious foreigners in the Sambor Prei Kuk temple carvings ?

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:36 am

interesting read that thanks
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