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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Urbain Basset views of Angkor
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1898
    Number: 96.R.127
    Physical Description: 34 photographic prints
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of photographic prints documenting the temple complexes of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, including the Bayon temple, as they appeared in the mid-1890s.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    French sculptor and amateur photographer, Urbain Basset (1842 Grenoble, France-1924 La Tronche, France), was sent to Cambodia by the French government to make casts of the relief sculptures at Angkor.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Urbain Basset views of Angkor, 1896-1898, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 96.R.127

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1996.

    Processing Information

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Ann Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Guynn updated the finding aid in 2021.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The 34 albumen photographs by Urbain Bassett document the temple complexes of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, including the Bayon temple, as they appeared in the mid-1890s. Included are exterior and interior views of the temples, and details of the relief sculpture and decorations. Four photographs show freestanding sculpture in situ or in storage areas. There is one photograph of a Lieutenant Dubose posed with the members of the French documentary expedition in front of the entrance to Angkor Wat. Another image shows thatched huts lining the entrance to Angkor. Also included is a image of a group of monks seated in a hallway of the palace of Norodum, king of Cambodia.
    Titles are devised by the cataloger except where noted.


    Arranged in a single series: . Series I. Urbain Basset views of Angkor, 1896-1898

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Buddhist temples -- Cambodia -- Angkor (Extinct city)

    Subjects - Places

    Angkor Wat (Angkor)
    Bayon (Angkor)
    Angkor (Extinct city) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
    Cambodia -- Antiquities
    Cambodia -- Description and travel -- History -- 19th century

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints -- Cambodia -- 19th century