M E DALLIO N P ATT E R N S AT A N G K OR W AT A N D AL C H I ( LADA K H ) : S H AR E D M E A N I N G S – TAASA Review June 2013

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This article was originally found in the June 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 10).

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Gill Green T his article examines two sets of medallion-patterned panels created some eight centuries ago at two major religious monuments on the Asian continent.

The first location is at Angkor Wat dated to the first half of 12th century and the second at Sumstek monastery, Alchi in Ladakh, northern India dated to between the 11th and 13th centuries. Episodes from the life of the historical Buddha painted on Maitreya hipwrapper (detail).

Image courtesy Jaroslav Poncar The panels at Angkor Wat are sculpted in stone in bas relief whereas at the Sumstek monastery, medallion-patterned panels appear in an arresting fashion, painted on the hipwrappers of clay images of Bodhisattvas four to four and a half metres high...