The intense building work under Jayavarman VII whose face dominates Angkor Thom, coincided with a decline in quality due to the poor availability
of sandstone, Considerable use , therefore , was made of wooden beams inside hollowed stone and this explains the fragility of the monuments. This was the beginning of the end for the great Khmer empire, first Hindu, then later Mahayana, finally dissolving into the simplicity of of Hinayana Buddhism, the " small vehicle of salvation ", marking a return to the original message of the Buddha.
The statues here were located on the East entrance to the Angkor Thom City, were shaded by the jungle, the soft light escaped the dense leaves casting on these two images, one of them was Jayavarman VII, his left eye seems alive.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Oct 28, 2012