The Pre-Angkorian Temple of Preah Ko: A Sourcebook of the History, Construction and Ornamentation of the Preah Ko Style. The temple of Preah Ko, built in the 9th century AD, represents a unique transition point between the Pre-Angkorian and the Angkorian periods. It is undoubtedly one of the most important temple structures in Khmer architecture. This temple gave a whole range of 9th century temples their stylistic group name, the 'Preah Ko-Style'. Despite its importance, Preah Ko has rarely been acknowledged in detail in academic literature. With this publication, Austrian art historian and architect Michael Falser aims to analyse Preah Ko in its historical, archaeological, architectural, stylistic and contemporary social and religious contexts and to understand the whole complex as a 'historical palimpsest', since its dynamic history has been (over-)written several times to-date, including alterations, wilful or otherwise, from war and restoration work. He also presents the first-ever hypothetical reconstruction of the whole site, as well as of the temple fa?ades and their ornamentation. Maps, numerous illustrations and plates accompany this study. Bibliography.
The Pre-Angkorian Temple of Preah Ko
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AuthorsFalser, Michael S.