A contingent of Siamese soldiers
The bas-relief shows a contingentof Siamese soldiers carrying spears marching in the procession of King Suryavarman II and is part of the larger Procession of King Suryavarman II bas-relief. Behind them is their commander riding an elephant. The Siamese soldiers were the mercenaries from the present day Thailand and were employed by King Suryavarman II to fight his wars. Note: Thailand was known as Siam before.
Read the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page for a detailed description of this and other bas-reliefs.
Unlike the other bas-reliefs in Angkor Wat, the Procession of King Suryavarman II bas-relief is based on history. It depicts King Suryavarman II in a procession with his commanders, soldiers, courtiers, and ordinary people.
The entire Procession of King Suryavarman II bas-relief covers the western section of the south gallery built on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Check the Angkor Wat Temple Layout for the exact location of this bas-relief.
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