Kutisvara, update on the little known Angkor temple

Here’s a couple of precisions regarding our recent post on Angkor’s Kutisvara Temple due to some interesting feedback received since.

Kutisvara
Kutisvara

Firstly, whilst several prominent archeologists, such as Coedes and Jacques have ascribed the central tower, pictured above, to the Jayarvarman II/Preah Ko style, according to the E.F.E.O. (École Française d’Extrême-Orient) there is no conclusive evidence for that and a late 8th/early 9th c. dating is only speculative. The adjacent towers are almost definitely mid 10th c. and an inscription mentioning a priest of Rajendravarman II was found nearby. However since the central tower is built on a brick base and the north and south towers lie on laterite bases it’s a reasonable assumption that; a. the towers were not built at the same time and b. the central tower must then have been constructed before the other 2.

Further E.F.E.O information is that when French archeologist Maurice Glaize, (himself later member of the Ecole), discovered the temple in 1930 he ascribed the name Kutisvara to it – jumping to the conclusion that this small temple corresponded to the 9th c. temple of Kutisvara mentioned in several texts, (including that of Sdok Kok Thom), and that there may not actually be any historical justification to associate this temple with Kutisvara.

So, yes speculation, but we reckon reasonable speculation and at the end of the day much of Khmer history remains at present in the realm of speculation anyway!

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