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« Que cette demeure de Śrīpati dure sur terre... ». L'inscription préangkorienne K. 1254 du musée d'Angkor Borei

Abstract : This article presents a hitherto unpublished pre-Angkorian stone slab engraved with letters of unusual calligraphic quality. No date is given, but the inscription records the installation of an image of Viṣṇu by a certain Jayavarman, probably the eighth-century king Jayavarman I bis. Judging from where the slab was found in 1993, the temple in which this image was housed would have been on the river-bank a few dozen yards from the new Museum in Angkor Borei. The first eleven stanzas of the text, which covers twenty stanzas in total, consists in a hymn in which Viṣṇu is praised for a series of earthly manifestations (prādurbhāva ) ; the king, presented as a partial incarnation of Viṣṇu, is then extolled in five stanzas; two stanzas then record the casting, apparently in silver, and installation of the image of Viṣṇu, called Tribhuvanañjaya; and the last two stanzas speak of the creation of the temple—presumably of materials less durable than the slab, since no trace is evident today—by a favoured courtier of the king (rājavallabha).
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Dominic Goodall, Gerdi Gerschheimer. « Que cette demeure de Śrīpati dure sur terre... ». L'inscription préangkorienne K. 1254 du musée d'Angkor Borei. Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, EFEO, 2014, 100, pp.113-146. ⟨10.3406/befeo.2014.6170⟩. ⟨halshs-01889974⟩

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