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Window Pillar
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a beautiful design. It was especially brought from the temple to the museum as an example of the Wat Phu site.

History of the Object
This pillar comes from the Wat Phu Site and was discovered recently when an ancient temple was unearthed during the construction of a restaurant. Originally several pillars were placed into a stone window frame quite close together, forming a secure grill that admitted light and allowed air to circulate. Wat Phu is a World Heritage listed site. It is a former Khmer temple complex at the foot of the Linga Parwata mountain, so called by the Khmer because of the resemblance its summit bears to a Linga, the phallic symbol of the Hindu God Shiva, to whom the temple is dedicated. Ancient inscriptions (5th-6th Century) mention a sanctuary built on the site. This was later replaced with the Angkor period buildings that remain today, erected between the 11th and 13th Centuries. The complex extends from East to West for about 1.4 km. Stretching up to the hillside and to the Sanctuary and the Sacred Spring, that filters through the mountain, starting from the East is a causeway that pilgrims come upon and which is lined with lotus-tipped stone pillars and flanked by reservoirs that represent the ocean that surrounds Mount Meru, the abode of the Hindu gods.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 21.5 cm. Height 108 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Laos; Wat Phu Champasak  
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 9th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
9th Century -10th Century 
Function
architectural 
Acquisition
Brought to the museum in 2001 from Wat Phu. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
the State of Laos 
Museum
Laos National Museum 
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