Fr. John Domin
1923 - 2017
Tue 6/13 10:30 am
Preah Ko is a 9th century funerary temple, composed of six brick towers and constructed with fine sandstone carvings and reliefs sculpted in plaster.
Lions stand guard at the entrance of Preah Ko (meaning Sacred Ox), beautiful door posts and plaster carvings grace the space above the door.
Preah Ko was constructed to be a funerary temple, therefore it is facing east. It was built in 879 and dedicated in 880 by Indravarman I to his ancestors. This tower, which is one of the front towers, relates to male ancestors or gods.
The temple's stucco reliefs, (a lime-based plaster mixture), are some of the best surviving examples of plaster reliefs in Angkor.
This is one of the rear towers relating to female ancestors or goddesses, as is evidenced in the carving of the female figure in the niche.
A closer look at one of the brick towers with carvings in sandstone and plaster.
Another view of one of the rear towers relating to female ancestors or goddesses, as evidenced in the carving of the female figures in the niches.
Beautiful detailed carvings on both the door post and the door itself, dating to the 9th century.
The stele (stone slab erected for funerals or commerative purposes and usually decorated with the names and titles of the deceased) tells of the genealogy of Indravarman I and the date of three foundation statues of Shiva and Devi in 879.
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Preah Ko, Cambodia
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