Window Balusters of the Khmer Architecture (70777)

Session Information: Asian Studies/Cultural Studies
Session Chair: Alexandre Avdulov

Monday, 22 May 2023 12:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

It is a commonly held notion that the balusters in the windows of Khmer buildings were initially secured with window sills, head jamb square holes, and square tenons at both ends. With the passage of time, the shape of the tenons transformed and became circular, and they eventually ceased to be used on balusters, with an abbreviated building construction method appearing whereby balusters were inserted after the window frames were put together. However, there is no case study scholarship that has concretely examined this development in detail. Even in the article on windows published by P. Pichard in 2001 in the journal Aséanie, there remain many unclear points. In this presentation, I will first discuss changes in the form of baluster tenons, based on photographs of balusters at various ruins in the Angkor area. I will then touch upon the notable North Khleang baluster with its large stone dowels, and discuss issues in the architectural method that come to mind. Finally, I will discuss the overall rise and fall of various construction methods in Khmer architectural history.

Shinya Okazaki, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Shinichi Nishimoto, Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Shinya OKAZAKI is a University Doctoral Student at Nippon Institute of Technology in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00