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Resources > Collections > Artwork Enthachi riding his chariot to the battlefield

Year of execution:  2013
Year of acquisition:  2013
Medium:   Cowhide leather mounted on bamboo
Dimension:  134 cm (height)  cm
Acquired in 2013

Sovanna Phum Art Association is a shadow puppet theatre company based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sovanna Phum, which means ‘Golden Village’ in Khmer, was founded in 1993 by self-taught puppet maker Mann Kosal and French circus performer Delphine Kasam. The group performs two forms of traditional shadow puppetry, Sbek Thom and Sbek Touch. They also conduct regular training and education programmes on shadow puppet making and performing.

Enthachi is the son of the demon king of Langka. Here, he is depicted parading atop his lavish and elaborately ornamented horse-drawn carriage. The way he is dressed indicates his power and wealth: garments decorated with precious stones, as well as pieces of jewellery adorning his body, as seen on his anklets, necklace, and bracelets. What is also visible is a towering mokot or carved traditional Cambodian headwear on top of his head. On his left hand is an ornately carved bow on one end. The scene features Enthachi leading his army into battle.


Sovanna Phum Art Association