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Churning of the Milk Ocean (2010)

Churning of the Milk Ocean (2010)

Another momentous work is Churning of the Milk Ocean (2010), a 200 x 500 cm oil on canvas, based on the famous 49-metre bas-relief depicting the Churning of the Sea of Milk (ca. 1200 CE) carved into the southwest corner pavilion of Angkor Wat. Prateep reinterprets the Hindu cosmogenic scene, with the deva antigods presented in a rainbow of radiant colours and the asura gods pictured as animal-headed composites—but both of which are all male—in a tug-of-war over Vāsuki the multi-headed naga as though struggling over the roiling whirlpool of females churning above.