A Close-Up: The Guardians of Angkor

Don't let the smirk fool you. Significant to the Angkor period and valued by King Jayavarman II, the facial expressions of these figures give much more meaning to "idle figure." 

Delivering confidence and security, this Buddha is said to have been protected by the naga Muchalinda, mighty king of serpents, during a heavy rainstorm.
Imagine 54 of these disturbed deities lined up along the entrance of Bayon Temple. This head is a part of an eight-foot tall figure that guarded the entry to King Jayavarman VII's temple.
Seemingly peaceful and relaxed, this standing Buddha is dressed royally. Zoom out and see Buddha's hands forming a double gesture that means "assurance."
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