10th Century Sandstone Sculpture Returned from US

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A 10th century Khmer sandstone sculpture that had been on display for 30 years at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) in the United States will be officially welcomed home today at the Council of Ministers.
The sandstone statue, a torso of Rama with a quiver behind its right shoulder, is 160 centimeters high and missing its head, arms and feet and will be officially welcomed back today with a ceremony at the Council of Ministers. The statue has been kept at the National Museum since arriving in Cambodia from the US on February 26.
The torso of Rama was acquired by the DAM in 1986 from the Doris Weiner Gallery in New York. The museum carried out some research into the works in its collection and after some conversations with colleagues in Cambodia, the DAM became aware of new facts about the statue that it was not initially aware of.
The returned statue was one of many once located in Prasat Chen at the Koh Ker archaeological site. Koh Ker is one of Cambodia’s more remote archaeological sites in the north of the country about 120 kilometers from Siem Reap, the home of Angkor.
Since June 2013, a total of six 1,000-year-old statues have been returned to the Kingdom, most of which were smuggled out of the country during the civil war in the 1970s, ending up in US museums.
DAM’s director and Cambodian officials will join the ceremony today and be awarded decorations of honor in the morning.

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