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Fragments and Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period.

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Title:Fragments and Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period.
Authors:Remington, Kristin M. Y.
Contributors:Art History (department)
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The John Young collection of Khmer art, once owned by John Chin Young (1909-1997),
is divided today between two museums, the John Young Museum of Art (JYMA) on the
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus and the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA, formerly the
HMA or HAA) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Both museum collections contain several of Young’s
Angkor period artworks that have yet to be the subject of thorough art historical research. Five
sandstone reliefs in JYMA and two reliefs from HoMA collection provide a valuable opportunity
to engage with the Angkor period regarding both stylistic developments and shifts in Angkor’s
political power. This thesis examines the sandstone reliefs from the John Young collection and
the significant questions they pose when considering the distribution of Khmer artistic traditions
outside of the Angkorian capital and into territorial margins, specifically, northeastern Thailand.
My research is the first comprehensive art historical study of the John Young collection of
Khmer art.
This thesis includes a secondary exhibition component. In addition to the written thesis, I
curated the exhibition, Fragments & Empire: Cambodian Art from the Angkor Period, which
opened at the John Young Museum of Art on March 6, 2016 and closed on May 6, 2016.
Fragments & Empire exhibited all the Khmer artwork from JYMA’s collection and incorporated
ten digital loans of Khmer art from HoMA in a single exhibition space.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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