The National Museum yesterday began displaying sets of ancient Khmer jewellery from the Angkor era that were recently returned to the country from the United Kingdom.
Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An yesterday thanked England for handing back the gold jewellery, and other international communities that have cooperated, supported and understand the importance of the voluntary return of artefacts.
“These artefacts underscore Cambodia’s glorious, long-lasting civilization which was once a past empire in Asia,” Ms Sam An said while opening the exhibition.
Some of the ancient Angkor jewellery, such as necklaces, earrings, crowns, belts and bracelets, arrived back in Cambodia on December 2.
Ms Sam An also asked all involved authorities to protect the artefacts at the National Museum to help bless Cambodia for peace and development.
Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona said that for this special exhibition, the ministry also selected a collection of gold and silver jewellery that the National Museum had received from donors and from excavations that had previously been stored in a security warehouse.
“We have little ancient gold and silver jewellery left in Cambodia, so the artefacts we got back and have found in excavations are being displayed in the exhibition this time to educate our citizens, as well as foreign tourists,” she said.
British Ambassador to Cambodia William Longhurst applauded the Cambodian government for receiving the gold jewellery back and quickly putting it on display.
“The United Kingdom is strongly committed to strengthening relations between our two countries in all fields, including culture,” he said.
The exhibition will run until February 3.