EXAMINING THE UNDERSIDE OF UNFINISHED SCULPTURE, BAKONG SCULPTURE WORKSHOP, ANGKOR, CAMBODIA. PHOTO: MARTIN POLKINGHORNE – TAASA Review September 2012

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In part due to absence of artists in the written record, medieval ateliers and their techniques have not been the primary focus of any major study of Southeast Asian material culture.

At Angkor we do not know the names of individuals who crafted the superlative sculptures, even when the quality of the work was exceptional.

The few epigraphic references to artists tend to single out personalities of the administrative elite who were conferred ceremonial titles associated with their control or leadership of these groups (see Coedès 1951: 3 ­ 24)...