There exist only a few fine examples of Pre-Angkorian
art. This period marks the beginnings of the Khmer world,
in which a distinct personality gradually affirms itself,
while globally remaining under foreign influences.
The belief in the cult of the 'god-king', do not as yet
exist. Nevertheless, the art of this period lays down the
basis for sculptural symbolism, and inaugurates architectural
forms which will be reused and later improved upon. Pre-Angkorian
statuary witnesses an Indian influence, but anatomical representation
is less dramatic. Sculptors used a support arch for figurative
representations with many arms. Stone sculpture is characterized
by its delicacy of execution, as well as its respect for
plastic and anatomical form.