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The Kneeling Guardian


Papier-mâché Patina Artwork – Smart, Light and Sustainable!

The Kneeling Guardian is a rare papier-mâché masterpiece, handcrafted by the talented artists at Jayav Art. The Kneeling Guardian is an original patina artwork made from recycled paper. As a result, it looks like a stone sculpture, but it is eco-friendly and as light as paper and as strong as stone! Invite The Kneeling Guardian into your home and add a touch of protection!

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Papier-mâché Patina Artwork – Smart, Light and Sustainable!

At Banteay Srei Temple in Siem Reap Province, in red sandstone, a half-kneeling Hindu guardian deity can be seen above a protective monster (known as a kala) in bas relief carving. The male guardian figure is posed like an auspicious spirit (known as a yaksa) who is often seen as a guardian of wealth. Swirling floral scroll designs surround both figures.

Banteay Srei is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Siva that was built during the tenth century A.D. It was constructed by Yajnyavaraha during the reign of two Khmer kings whom he served as councilor: Rajendravarman and Jayavarman V. The name Banteay Srei means “Citadel of Women.”

Classical Khmer kings promoted the idea (known as devaraja) that there was an intersection of the ruling king and a validating god, usually the Hindu god Siva. Their temples thus often portray the ruling king as the god, whose shrines are within a monument on earth that models the design of the cosmos and heavens.

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




14 x 04 x 30 cm


245 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 Kneeling Guardian


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