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The Jayavarman VII


Impressive Patina Artwork! Chic, Light and Sustainable – from recycled paper!

The Jayavarman VII on a wooden pedestal is a masterpiece, handmade by the talented artists at Jayav Art. It is an original patina illusion artwork made from recycled paper. As a result, it looks like a stone sculpture, but this eco-friendly artwork is as light as paper and as solid as stone! Invite Jayavarman VII into your home and add a touch of Antiquity!

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Impressive Patina Artwork! Chic, Light and Sustainable – from Recycled Paper!

Jayavarman VII, (born c. 1120/25—died c. 1220), one of the most forceful and productive kings of the Khmer (Cambodian) empire of Angkor (reigning 1181–c. 1220). He expanded the empire to its greatest territorial extent. He engaged in a building program that yielded numerous temples (including Angkor Thom), highways, rest houses, and hospitals.

Over the 37 years of his reign, Jayavarman embarked on a grand program of construction that included both public works and monuments. As a Mahayana Buddhist, his declared aim was to alleviate the suffering of his people. One inscription tells us, “He suffered from the illnesses of his subjects more than from his own. The pain that affected men’s bodies was for him a spiritual pain, and thus more piercing.”

Jayavarman VII became a kind of paradigmatic national hero. First, he was credited with establishing the full greatness of the Cambodian nation. Secondly, he bring into being a welfare state that was motivated by Buddhism. And finally, he was dedicated to serving both the spiritual and the physical needs of the Cambodian people.

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




10 x 05 x 15 cm


85 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 Jayavarman VII


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