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The Khmer Goddess


Patinaed artwork made from papier-mâché, sustainable and unique!

The Khmer Goddess sits on a wooden pedestal and is made from papier-mâché. It is a masterpiece, handmade by the talented artist community at Jayav Art. The Khmer Goddess is an original patina illusion artwork made entirely from recycled paper. As a result, while it looks like a stone sculpture, this eco-friendly artwork is as light as paper and as solid as stone! Invite the The Khmer Goddess to give your home with a touch of Asian culture!

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Patinaed artwork made from papier-mâché, sustainable and unique!

Here, the Khmer Goddess stands facing fully forward, her body neither twisting nor bending. Her long skirt (sampot) creates a strong columnar base. At the same time, her bare chest, pinched waist, and broad hips emphasize her femininity and fertility. Although the artists left upper bodies bare–as was conventional in Khmer dress–they carved intricate designs on the headdress and belt. These patterns, including leaves and flowers, are inspired by nature.

Khmer goddess’s heavy breasts, straight brow, diadem terminating in a fluid double bow at the back of the head, and the skirt’s wide upper flap, suggest a date of circa 900-925 for the sculpture. In this period the Khmer King Yashovarman I built a pyramidal, mountain-shaped temple called Phnom Bakheng.

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.



white and black


water patina




12 x 06 x 44 cm


290 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 Khmer Goddess


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