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This exquisite lacquer painting was created by one of our artisans, and took more than one hundred hours to complete. This piece has been lovingly colored, and further adorned with gold leaf. The painting stands at 150 cm high and 75cm wide, and is, understandably, a very limited edition.
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The painstaking brilliance of this painting will catch any and every eye, and hold it forever. The passion and skill the artisan put into this painting is apparent in every tiny detail, making it truly and completely unique.
The art of lacquer painting has been lost in Cambodia for many years, but has recently been rekindled in the hearts of craftsmen and women, like those of Artisans Angkor. They have been given the skills and passion necessary to revive this sublime art. Cambodian lacquer should not be mistaken for other Asian lacquers, as it has a distinctive satiny finish, as opposed to most, which have a shiny finish.
The painting portrays the temple of Ta Prohm, which was built sometime in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII who had recently driven the invaders out of Angkor. Ta Prohm was located roughly in the center of the city, and said to house the deity Pranhaparamita, which translates as the perfection of wisdom. As women are highly revered in the Khmer culture, King Jayavarman VII had it built in the shape of his mother, Queen Sri Jayarajacudamani. Sadly, like so many of the magnificent temples in Angkor, Ta Prohm was not maintained, and has been taken over by a species of tree called strangler figs, as shown in the painting.
Though the temple lies in disarray, the heritage it brings has proven of great help to the economy of the country, and the bright, radiant colors that are seen in the image represent the fame these overtaking trees called Tetrameles Nudiflora have brought to the country, bringing great hope.