SOAS statue: school denies it was smuggled, but provenance has not yet been established

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via The Nation, 16 June 2018: SOAS denies that the donated statue was smuggled but critics point out that the provenance of the statue is lacking, or at least has not yet been established (see other links at the end of this post).

London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has denied claims the prestigious institution possesses a 13th-century sculpture likely smuggled from Thailand

Source: Thai Buddha statue not smuggled: SOAS – The Nation

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London university accused of accepting smuggled sculpture

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via The Nation, 14 June 2018: A developing story about the donation of a Lopburi-style sculpture to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, that was accepted without documentation of provenance. The details were first released by Dr Angela Chiu, an independent scholar, on her website.

The Culture and Foreign ministries are following up an accusation made by London University’s prominent School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), that it accepted as a gift a 13th-century sculpture possibly smuggled from Thailand.

Source: London university accused of accepting smuggled sculpture – The Nation

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Reconstructing Krishna at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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via Ideastream.org, 01 March 2018: There is a video attached to the article – click on the link to see.

A 1,400-year-old statue of the Hindu god Krishna is getting a 21st century facelift at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  He was assembled from broken pieces four decades ago, but, it turns out they didn’t quite get it right.

Source: Reconstructing Krishna at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists

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via Coconuts Yangon, 17 January 2018: Kanbawza Thardi Palace in Bago has a statue of an Ayutthaya princess that holds a secret meaning to Thai visitors.

Officials want to attract Thai tourists to a replica of Bayinnaung’s palace by displaying a statue that symbolizes the cruelty of Burmese expansionism.

Source: Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists | Coconuts Yangon

Cleveland Museum of Art embarks on radical reconstruction of Cambodian Krishna statue

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via Cleveland.com. 17 December 2017:

The Cleveland Museum of Art is embarking on a yearlong radical makeover of its 7th century Cambodian statue of the Hindu god Krishna aimed at accurately reconstructing the original pose of the artwork.

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art embarks on radical reconstruction of Cambodian Krishna statue (photos)

More Buddha sculptures found at Tonle Sngout site

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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.

Four sandstone remnants of Buddha statues dating back to the Jayavarman VII era discovered at an Angkor-era hospital site.

Source: Ancient Buddha remnants found – Khmer Times

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In Kampong Chhnang, a village guards its spiritual guardian from government hands

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via Phnom Penh Post, 28 July 2017: This case from Cambodia highlights the blurred lines between archaeological heritage and folk belief.

Under normal circumstances, found artefacts in Cambodia are handed over to the government and taken to the National Museum. But sometimes – like in an ongoing case in Kampong Chhnang province – the desires and beliefs of villagers clash with the government’s idea of cultural preservation

Source: In Kampong Chhnang, a village guards its spiritual guardian from government hands, Phnom Penh Post

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Giant sandstone sculpture found near Angkor Thom

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The excavation conducted by the APSARA Authority and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre as part of a Field School has uncovered a massive 2m tall statue, a great find for what is just day of the excavation!

Archaeologists are typically happy to find pottery shards when they excavate a site in Angkor Archaeological Park as too many centuries have passed and too many cities have risen and collapsed for them to expect to find major objects in the ground.

So what occurred Saturday seemed like something that happens only in the movies. On the second day of an excavation in Siem Reap province, a team of archaeologists found a 1.9 meter statue weighing about 200 kg at an 800-year-old site in Angkor Park.

The excavation is conducted by the Apsara Authority in cooperation with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. As part of a training program, 10 students from Asian countries, the U.S. and Australia are taking part in the excavation, Mr. Sokrithy said.

Source: For Archaeologists, a Dream Find at Angkor Park – The Cambodia Daily

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Bayon style Buddha Statue Discovered by Farmer

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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.

Source: Ancient Buddha Statue Discovered by Farmer – The Cambodia Daily

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