Bakheng Style (893-925)
This period marks a very important event in the life of
the Khmer Kingdom. King Yasovaraman (889-900) founds the
first Angkorian capital, with Phnom Bakheng as its centre.
Hinduism, God-King , Trimurti (Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu)
This style marks an important step in the evolution of
Khmer art; sculpture appears more powerful, and detached
from previous iconographical influences.
Is characterized by geometrical forms and austerity, particularly
in the faces, that are now idealized. The attitude of the
statues becomes fixed, and the pose is strictly frontal.
Carving is deeper and stylization begins. The medium increasingly
is sandstone which is handled with an extraordinary precision
and lightness, as dictated by the new material.
The "temple-mountain" becomes larger with Phnom
Bakheng, built at the summit of a natural moutain.
Bakheng, Phnom Krom, Phnom Bok.