Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
ART & ARCHITECTURE 2011 HARD COVER 256 PAGES
With 210 color and 20 sepia photographs, plus plans, maps, and elevations. Organized chronologically, the book opens with the modestly scaled brick structures of the seventh and eighth centuries and goes on to explore the first monumental temple mountains of the ninth century, the technical advances enabling the fulfillment of a unique Khmer architectural vision in the tenth, and the erection of the ambitious Baphuon temple mountain, among others, in the eleventh, all setting the stage for the apogee of the Khmer empire in the twelfth century, and with it, the construction of three massive temple complexes: Beng Mealea, Bakan, and the supreme architectural creation of Cambodia, Angkor Wat.