Statue found in Koh Ker

Archaeologists discover the statue of a Hindu god under the roots of a tree in a temple at Koh Ker National Park.

10th-century statue found under tree
Phnom Penh Post, 09 April 2012

An ancient statue of a Hindu god believed to be more than 1,000 years old was discovered on Thursday at Koh Ker National Park’s Prasat Chen temple, a conservationist told the Post yesterday.

APSARA Authority deputy director-general Seung Kong said workers had been cleaning the temple grounds when they found the statue under the roots of a tree.

It had been excavated and sent to the Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum, in Siem Reap province, he said.

“It is a statue of Preah Neareay, with four arms, but the arms are broken off at the shoulders, there is no head and the legs are broken at the knees,” Seung Kong said. “We really don’t know how old the statue is, but we estimate that it is the architecture of Koh Ker, during 921AD.”

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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