Monday, March 9, 2009

Cambodia - Banteay srei

Cambodia 10 Riels 1955 UNC
Front: Banteay Srei, Angkor
Back: Building

Banteay Srei (or Banteay Srey)is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia, Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. Banteay Srei is known for the intricacy of its carvings. It has been speculated that the temple's modern name, Banteay Srei, is due to the many devatas carved into the red sandstone walls. Many niches in the temple walls contain carvings of devatas or dvarapalas.

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