(Copyright photograph: by ethno-Mycologist John W. Allen) The sculpture above is from the ruins at Angkor Wat, located in present day Cambodia. It depicts three Apsaras, which are female deities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology who are able to change their shape at will. http://www.mushroomstone.com/fleurdelisorigin.htm
Close-up of relief sculpture of Apsara, heavenly dancer of the Khmer Kingdom, Angkor Wat temple, dating from the 12th century, Angkor, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia
"What is undeniable is the beauty, life and energy the carvings radiate. Some art historians see the Angkor civilization as the pinnacle of artistic expression in Asia. Dr. Paul Cravath of the University of Hawaii elegantly captured the essence of the “devata” when he wrote, “There, with stupendous variety, the Feminine achieved a new level of expression unsurpassed at any time in Asian sculpture.” "