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Ayutthaya à Angkor: une ré-évaluation
Ayutthaya à Angkor: une ré-évaluation
C. Pottier à la conférence « Relations Thaï-Khmère », à l'université Mahidol, Salaya
28 MAI 14
Du 27 au 28 mai 2014, Christophe Pottier va participer à la deuxième conférence sur les « relations Thaï-Khmère: du conflit à la coopération » organisée par et ayant lieu à la collège internationale de l'université Mahidol (MUIC), Salaya, Thailande, avec une coopération de l‘organisation Kdei Karuna  (KdK), Phnom Pehn, Cambodge.

La conférence est une partie d'un programme d'échange académique sur l'exploration d'histoire et de coopération d'ASEAN, co-fondé par le German International Cooperation agency, GIZ, and Open Society Foundations (OSF).  Elle a un but de créer un lieu commun entre des étudiants, chercheurs and professionnels travaillant en Thaïlande, au Cambodge et dans la vaste région de l'Asean.

La présentation de Christophe Pottier à la conférence, intitulé :

"Ayutthaya at Angkor: a reappraisal"

In 1933, the fragments of a monumental statue of the Buddha sitting on Nāga (Maravichaya) were unearthed within the central sanctuary of the Bayon. Since then, this image has been celebrated as the central deity of Angkor Thom, the capital of the Khmer kingdom, and would have disappeared during an iconoclastic reaction shortly after the reign of the great King Jayavarman VII. 

Eighty years later, we conducted a reappraisal of that spectacular discovery, focusing especially on the head of a smaller Buddha statue that was found with the Great Buddha of the Bayon but went unnoticed. Yet this small image reveals much about the history of Angkor between the 13th and 16th centuries, particularly on the poorly known period of the abandonment of Angkor. 

This small Buddha head belongs to the typical style of the early Ayutthaya period, and the identification of more than forty other similar images in Angkor are the first physical evidence of the occupation of Angkor by the king of Ayutthaya in the 15th century. This little head demonstrates the maintenance of the Buddhist worship at the Bayon and calls into question the interpretation of the iconoclasm of the 13th century and of the nature and duration of the Ayutthayan presence in Angkor in the 15th century.