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The Devata


Optical Illusion Home Decor Sculpture made from Papier-mâché. Sustainable, Chic and Lightweight!

The Devata on a wooden pedestal is a papier-mâché masterpiece, handmade by the talented artist community at Jayav Art. It is an original patina art work. 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 The Devata into your home and with it a touch of Femininity!

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Optical Illusion Home Décor Sculpture made from Papier-mâché, Sustainable, Chic and Lightweight!

Devata are smaller and more focused deities in Indian religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. They can be either male or female. Every human activity has its devata, its spiritual counterpart or aspect. Bhagwan, Ishwar and Paramatma are the names for the supreme being which controls everyone. Devatas are demigods which are somewhat at lower post controlling different departments such as weather, earth, etc.

Jayavarman VII followed the example of King Suryavarman II by filling his monument with female energy. The portraits of sacred women, now called devata or apsaras depending on their style, surround the Bayon. No one knows exactly what the ancient Khmers called these women who are represented so prominently in their temples.

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




13 x 03 x 30 cm


155 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 Devata


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