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Ancient Angkorian jewellery to go on show

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A tourist takes a photo of ancient Angkorian jewellery on display at the National Museum in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The government will launch a special exhibition of old Khmer jewellery and ornaments, especially a set of ancient Angkorian gold jewellery that has been returned to Cambodia, to let the public see how beautiful these historic items are.

The special exhibition, called “Ancient Khmer Jewelry and Ornaments: Gold and Silver Masterpieces of the Collections of the National Museum of Cambodia”, will be exhibited for one month from January 4 to February 3.

Men Sam An, a Deputy Prime Minister, said at the opening ceremony that this exhibition aimed to exhibit the masterpieces in gold and silver which were produced in ancient times.

“These artifacts underscore Cambodia’s glorious, long-lasting civilisation which was once a past empire in Asia,” she said.

Some of the ancient Angkorian gold jewellery such as necklaces, earrings, crowns, belts and bracelets arrived back in Cambodia on December 2, 2017.

On November 18, 2016, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts received information that agents in the United Kingdom were selling many ancient Khmer items, included 10 gold jewellery items used for decorating sculptures during the Angkor era, which rightfully belonged to Cambodia.

After receiving the information, the government, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and Cambodia’s embassy in UK demanded the items back and eventually the Johnathan Tucker Antonia Tozer Asian Art gallery agreed to give them to the Cambodian government on April 20, 2017.

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