Repairs on an ancient sandstone statue discovered in Siem Reap province in July are 50 percent complete, according to a report.
The Angkor-era statue was found at the Tonle Sgnout temple by a group of Apsara Authority archaeologists working with colleagues from the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
It dates back to the late 12th century, weighs 200 kilograms and is nearly two metres in length. It is one of Cambodia’s most significant archaeological discoveries in years.
Leou Channora, a stone repair and conservation expert from the Apsara Authority’s department of external sites, said that before obtaining the statue from the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum, his working group studied the relic’s decorations and damage.
He said the repair was divided into two parts, the first of which was cleaning and the second was repairing and then reassembling pieces. The cleaning materials were tested to ensure there was no impact to the sandstone.
“So far, we have cleaned about 50 percent of the statue. After cleaning, we will start killing the moss species by using biocide,” said Mr Channora.
He added that a completion date could not be established as it takes a long time to carefully study and repair such a relic.