via The Nation, 15 September 2017
via Khmer Times, 09 August 2017: More fragments of Buddha images have been found at the Tonle Sngout, which made the news last week because of the impressive discovery of a 6-foot tall sandstone guardian statue. The new fragments include a possible medicine Buddha.
- Angkor Excavation Team Find a Medicine Buddha (Cambodia Daily, 08 August 2017)
via Phnom Penh Post, 28 July 2017: This case from Cambodia highlights the blurred lines between archaeological heritage and folk belief.
via Cambodia Daily , 07 July 2017:
A Siem Reap province farmer tilling soil for a new crop found a Bayon-style sandstone statue of the Buddha that was crafted in the 12th or 13th century, an official said on Thursday.
The exhumed piece, depicting a seven-headed serpent rising over the seated Buddha, was uncovered on Wednesday in Svay Loeu district’s Kantuot commune and handed to the Apsara Authority the same day, said Long Kosal, spokesman for the authority, which is responsible for maintaining the Angkor Archaeological Park world heritage site.
Khmer Times, 23 June 2017
An ancient statue made before the Angkor era was discovered on Wednesday in Takeo province’s Borei Chulsar district as a woman was excavating land to build a home, police said yesterday.
District police chief Khuth Khin said the woman, Chea Phoeun, 38, was excavating land in Kok Por commune when she discovered the ancient statue.
“The villager who is the land owner saw the hand of the statue appear from the ground,” he said. “She cleaned it and is using it to pray for happiness.”
The Nation, 06 June 2017:
Saved by Centimeters: Ayutthaya’s famous Buddha tree escapes damage by falling branch (VIDEO) (Coconut, 07 June 2017)
A huge branch of a famous Bodhi tree in Ayutthaya breaks off (Thai PBS, 07 July 2017)
The Observer, 12 April 2017: “I went into it because I thought I might be able to afford to buy what I thought was a copy of a Cambodian statue in the window. Then the man named a price which was absolutely incredible. I said, ‘Do you mean that this piece is authentic?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Then you are a thief.’”
A sacred rosewood tree that was controversially cut down last year in Siem Reap gets a new life as sacred sculptures.
Wood from a revered rosewood tree that Apsara Authority employees cut down in November has found new life as five sculptures depicting historical and folk spirits, appeasing villagers upset by the felling of their sacred tree.
Five employees for Apsara, which manages Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, were arrested under orders from Prime Minister Hun Sen following a national outcry over the fate of the centuries-old tree from Siem Reap City’s Kokchak commune.
Workers repairing a small dam found anicent pottery and a large Buddha head in northern Thailand
CHIANG RAI – Ancient pottery and the large head of a Buddha statue have been found buried near a community weir in Muang district of this northern province.
In addition to the statue of Rama, two more sculptures – heads of Brahma – from Koh Ker were returned to Cambodia last month.
More looted antiquities welcomed home
Phnom Penh Post, 31 March 2016
For the second time in less than a week, the National Museum held a ceremony yesterday marking the homecoming of priceless Angkorian artifacts looted during the civil war.
Two 10th-century Brahma heads, looted from a temple at the Koh Ker archaeological site in Preah Vihear, were added to the museum’s collection of antiquities, alongside a 10th-century Rama statue returned by an American museum on Monday.
The heads, which had formerly belonged to an unnamed private collector in Paris, were discovered by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong in 1994 while he was the Cambodian ambassador to France, according to the release.
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