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Resources > Collections > Artwork Preah Ream and Krong Reap in the battle of Lanka

Year of execution:  2013
Year of acquisition:  2013
Medium:   Cowhide leather mounted on bamboo
Dimension:  123 x 126 cm  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.

Preah Leak was sent by his half-brother, Preah Ream, to fight Enthachi in the battle of Lanka. The Reamker narrative revolves around the kidnapping of his wife, Neang Seda, by the yeak King Krong Reap. Both warriors are depicted in the midst of battling each other, holding weapons and ready to attack the other. Both men are shown in their ornate and jewel-encrusted garb and a towering mokot or carved traditional Cambodian headwear on top of their heads. In this particular depiction, Enthachi seems to emerge and dominate the battle space, possibly as he successfully tricked Preah Leak during a decoy involving Virulmuk Koma posing as himself.


Sovanna Phum Art Association