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This charming little statue has been hand carved in sandstone by one of our artisans, and represents Jayavarman VII, one of the earliest Buddhist kings of the Khmer empire. Here Jayavarman VII is seen in the classic lotus posture of meditation.
This king is still widely respected in Cambodia today. Born into the royal family of Angkor, he came from the province of Siem Reap. The name Jayavarman comes from ‘jaya’ meaning victorious, and ‘varman’ meaning warrior. He is known to have driven the invading Cham out of his country in 1178, and succeeded in bringing peace between opposing factions in his own country. This led to him being crowned King in 1181, and he reigned for around 30 years.
He was a devout Buddhist at a time when the country was not, and engaged in a massive program of construction to spread the message of Buddhism. Some of these buildings were designed for the common good, reflecting the Buddhist ideals of compassion to others. Others were temples, including two great temples dedicated to his mother and father. We know that the one to his mother, Ta Prohm, was dedicated in 1186, and from an inscription we know that at one point there were 80,000 people involved in its upkeep, including priests and dancers.