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The Head of Bayon


Illusion Artwork of an Antique Carving, made from Papier-Mâché!

The Head of Bayon on a wooden pedestal is a masterpiece made from papier-mâché. It is handmade by the talented community at Jayav Art. The Head of Bayon is an original patina illusion artwork made from recycled paper. As a result, it looks like a real stone sculpture, but is as light as paper and as solid as stone! It is also eco-friendly! Invite The Head of Bayon into your home and with it, a touch of antiquity!

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Illusion Artwork of an Antique Carving, made from Papier-Mâché, Sustainable and Super Lightweight!

Bayon is a Buddhist shrine located at Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. You can count 216 smiling, serene faces, carved onto gigantic towers. The heads of Bayon were carved to look like Jayavarman VII. Since the construction of the temple, several of these towers have toppled.

The Bayon Temple is located at the heart of Angkor Thom and served as the state temple of the Emperor Jayavarman VII. It is a mountain temple which represents Mount Meru – the center of the universe in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

Jayav’Art Difference

Creative Art Deco
The recycled materials and handmade process make each item one of a kind, with a story to tell.

Smart Sculptures
Papier mache is light, so suitable for masks and other sculpture intended to be carried, and can take very fine detail. It is also solid as wood!

Sustainable Art
At Jayav Art, we help people with disabilities to fully participate in work-based learning and we recycle old paper into beautiful works of art.





water patina




33 x 08 x 34 cm


465 g

Our Story

Jayav Art is a social enterprise which transforms recycled paper into environmentally friendly sculptures while creating decent jobs for vulnerable people. The adventure began in 2010 when Philippe Brousseau, a French artist of great renown was touched by a Cambodia ravaged by 30 years of war. Then, he met his Cambodian counterpart Tara, who was also passionate about papier-mâché art and who had the same desire to promote this local art that was still unknown internationally. Philippe and Tara wanted to create their eco-friendly artwork with conscience. It’s why they focus on an environmentally friendly approach, realizing that every step they take affects the planet and the people on it. Read more

How do we make sustainable art work from papier-mâché?

Firstly, all of our sculptures are entirely handmade with recycled paper and vegetable fibers. Then, they are decorated with natural pigments and acrylic colors. Finally, our environmentally friendly manufacturing process makes it possible to recycle old newspapers. As a result, our papier-mâché artworks are lightweight while appearing as heavy as any other sculpture. This means they are easy to ship. Read more

The Head of Bayon


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