• Ta Prohm, second enclosure, tree roots framing a bay
  • Palgen-Maissoneuve, Mimi, 1918-1995 (Photographer)
Date Created
1942 to 1962
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    • The object depicted in the image is made of the following material(s): sandstone, laterite
    • Information about the creation of the object depicted in the image: 1186
    • Information about the restoration of the object depicted in the image: Cleared 1920
    • This temple-monastery was posthumously dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s mother, Jayarajachudamani, and his guru, Jayamangalartha. According its foundation stele, there were 12,640 people in residence, and the temple was served by 79,365 people from surrounding villages. The Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient decided to leave the temple in its ‘natural state’ as an example of how Angkor looked when it was discovered in the 19th century, and since then it has been maintained in this condition of deliberate neglect. Visitors are drawn to the temple ruins because of the dramatic effect created by the entanglement of tree roots and forest vegetation with the architectural structure of the monument.
    • Source for information about the object depicted in the image: Jessup, Helen Ibbitson. Art and Architecture of Cambodia. London: Thames & Hudson, 2004. Freeman M. and C. Jacques. Ancient Angkor. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.
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