Engraved Stories

Engraved Stories

Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. It is the only temple to have two concentric galleries sculpted with bas-reliefs with a total of 1.2km of extraordinary bas-reliefs incorporating more than 11,000 figures. The internal gallery is complete in its ornamentation and was almost exclusively reserved for mythological subjects of Brahmanic inspiration, while the outer gallery, accessible to the mass of the faithful, was dedicated both to scenes of everyday life and to certain historic episodes – processions and battles – from the reign of Jayavarman VII.