Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns (3)

In big contrast to my second submission on “Patterns” which was multi-colored, this image is rather plain but contains a lot of details.DSC_0219

The image was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. All patterns on the wall were hand carved hundreds of years ago.Β  There are many repetitive details, ranging from flowers to people. Some of the carvings go quite deep into the stone, while others are more superficial.

The patterns cover the walls, the columns and the lintel. In fact, they are everywhere.

The carvings were exposed to the elements ( although lost in the jungle) but still standing after all these centuries.

42 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns (3)

  1. Great picture of ancient art ,architect.( No Exit no Entrance ) A stone door oriental philosophy.. Jalal

    • I suspect originally it was a doorway, but because the lintel above has cracked and sagged, they block the doorway with stones. Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. I love it! If it was any brighter, it would take away from the fine details. The down tones brings out the life in the pattern. Great picture! πŸ˜€

  3. Visiting the temples at Angkor Wat was once of the greatest experiences of my life. We watched the sunset at Phnom Bakheng, the sunrise at Angkor and spent the next few days exploring them all. Beautiful photo of a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  4. Oooh I always wanted to go there. There is an old movie version of Jungle Book and the set looks so much like what I’ve seen on pictures of Angkor Wat.

    Absolute wonderful shot! Makes me all dreamy πŸ™‚

    • The columns are indeed simplistically beautiful. I suspect that the wall was built because the top lintel was cracking up and they closed the doorway and put in some simple patterns in lieu of the wall. Still, they are beautiful πŸ™‚

  5. Any idea who the goddess whe repeats over the door is? I took up Asian ink painting 6 years ago and have applied myself weekly, and have become proficient – Calligraphy still eludes me – and some of it is so fluid and beautiful. I enjoy your blog very much.

    • Hi Jimlight, unfortunately, I don’t know who the goddess is. I am learning different styles of Chinese calligraphy now and hope to improve on it. Many thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

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