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INSIDE BURGER COLLECTION

Animate Bodies of Work

BY ERIN GLEESON

Outdoor holdings of sandstone Vishnus, Angkor Conservation Center, Siem Reap, Cambodia, December 2013. 

Photo Charlotte Huddleston. Courtesy Erin Gleeson.

Much of what is known as "Cambodian art" are fragments of figurative sculptures intended for spiritual, social and political functions in their ancient temple origins. Stone incarnations of Hindu, Buddhist and mythological gods, kings, warriors, vehicles, guardians, creators and destroyers were originally integral to the architecture of both public and private spaces of ancient Khmer cities. Since the French Protectorate in the mid-1800s, and especially during the
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