Kbal Spean, Cambodia

Veronica Walker Vadillo

Veronica Walker Vadillo

Veronica Walker Vadillo
Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
This image depicts Vishnu Anantasayana (Vishnu reclining on the serpent Ananta floating on the ocean from where all things will be created), and it highlights the importance of being in the right place at the right time. I visited the site during the dry season and the water was no where near the image. A few months later, this is what I found: the water softly running beneath Ananta, transforming the serpent into a boat through the incorporation of natural elements.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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