On all four walls of the old image hall, the third (uppermost) tier was devoted to a repetitive motif comprised of nearly identical painted Buddhas, alternating with thevas and vases of flowers; all interwoven with garlands. There, the battle lineup was presented in the first (lowermost) tier behind the altar, with Ravan’s armies shown in a discontiguous panel on the south wall. Since the wall behind the altar inside the new main image hall at Vat Oub Mong was already painted/sculpted (partly in bas relief), only three available walls were available there for the replicant murals, compared to the four walls fully occupied by the archival PLPL mural set inside the smaller demolished image hall. (The replicant series comprised of two full story line tiers on the north, south walls, and east walls, but on the east wall over the entry portals, an elevated second tier was created that included the combined armies of PLPL and their allies on the viewer’s right, and the combined armies of Ravan and his allies on the viewer’s left; separated by the panel “Phi Sua Nam, the ally of Ravan”.)
scanned color negative/print
ca. 1925 (building construction)
1938 (original mural painting)
December 2000 (building demolition)
complete temple interior murals of Phralak-Phralam, the Lao Ramayana.