Head of statue, possibly of King Jayavarman VII
Entrance to the city of Angkor Thom
Buddhist preponderance (Mahayana).
Iconography is more varied, symbolism gains in importance
and the first scenes of contemporary daily life appear.
Towards the end of the 12th century, Khmer art also produce
portraiture. This fragment of a statue (left) is thought
to be an image of King Jayavarman VII.
In architecture, huge level temple complexes evolve, rendered
more and more complicated by endless additions. At the beginning
of the second phase of the style the avenues of giants and
devas make their appearance at entrances to temples and
the city of Angkor Thom. The entrance gates and the associated
towers are carved with faces. The Bayon remains a unique
temple mountain with its circular central tower and its
forest of some 54 subsidary towers carved with benignly
smiling visages. The last buildings of this period become
more and more complex, and their structures are less readable.
Poan, Ta Nei, Ta Som, Preah
Khan, Krol Ko, Banteay Chhmar, Angkor
Thom, and the Bayon.