Another 7th century lintel in the Sambor Prei Kuk style at the prasat
In all I located six lintels, two of which were undoubtedly, in my opinion, pre-Angkorean in their style, the others were approximately 10th or 11th century, but I will review these tomorrow. The two earlier decorative lintels - for anyone unfamiliar with the term lintel, it's a rectangular stone slab carrying a carved design with important iconographical features and is not used as a structural support - were both typical examples of the Sambor Prei Kuk style from the 610-650 (7th century) period. In both cases, they showed inward-facing makaras (sea monsters) and four arches joined by three oval medallions, the central one carved with the figure of Indra. There were also figures on the other two medallions and above the makaras. Below the arches are jeweled garlands and pendants with beading and vegetal motifs. In fact both lintels are text-book examples. One of the lintels had been painted blue, was placed in front of the western entrance to the main prasat and was quite worn, whilst the other was in better condition and was housed inside the vihara. Their presence may suggest evidence of an earlier temple on the site or they could've been brought there from another location. Therein lies the mystery.