Photographer's Note

Yakshi (mythical giant) guarding the entrance to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand.
Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. This is the main building, the central ubosoth, which houses the famous statue. The Emerald Buddha itself is deeply revered and venerated in Thailand as the protector of the country: only the King is allowed to touch it. But it seems to need protection itself, so the temple is surrounded by several such giant statues. Yakshas are an important element in Thai temple art and architecture. They are common as guardians of the gates in Buddhist temples throughout the country since at least the 14th century. This is a particularly fancy one, covered in gold leaf, as befits the guardian of the most holy shrine in Thai Buddhism.
The photograph was made twenty years ago, on my old Canon AE1, probably on Kodacolor Gold 200, and as usual with my old film-based images, scanned on a Nikon dedicated film scanner at around 4000 ppi.

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