Khmer sculpture on loan at the National Gallery of Australia

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia.

7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829
7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829

Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia
ABC News, 29 August 2014

Three rare Khmer sculptures have gone on display in Canberra as part of a cultural exchange between the National Museum of Cambodia and National Gallery of Australia.

The sculptures were produced in ancient Cambodia during a period spanning five centuries and are said to exemplify the strength and refinement of Khmer art.

The works include a standing Buddha from the 7th century, one of the oldest Buddhist sculptures found in Cambodia.

Also on display are a 10th century carved lintel showing part of the Hindu creation story The Churning of the Sea of Milk, and a rare 12th-13th century representation of a girl in the form of the Buddhist goddess of wisdom Prajnaparamita.

Full story here.

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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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