Yesterday (10 Mar 2011) I had the brilliant opportunity to witness the return of artefacts smuggled out of Cambodia by the Australian government at a ceremony at the Cambodian embassy in Canberra. The reception was hosted by His Excellency Chum Sounry, the Ambassador for Cambodia.
The Gods of Angkor, an exhibition showcasing some of the finest bronze sculpture from Cambodia has now moved to the Getty for the second stop of its American tour.
A small Cambodian bronze exhibit at Getty is rich with meaning
LA Times, 20 February 2011
Sumatra: Isle of Gold has been exhibiting at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore since the end of July, but I hadn’t had the chance to take a visit because of some reason or another. But finally, I had the chance to catch the exhibition this morning, and lucky thing too – the exhibition is going to close this Sunday!
A small village just outside of Hanoi continues a tradition of bronze casting that can be traced back to at least six centuries.
Village living in the bronze age shines on [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 31 May 2010
A set of copper furnaces dating to the Bronze Age have been unearthed in Northern Vietnam.
Archaeologists unearth Metal Age furnaces [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 22 May 2010
A range of artefacts dating from the mesolithic to the bronze age have been discovered in the Indonesian province of Papua.
Prehistorical relics found in Jayapura district
Antara, 03 May 2010
Camodian bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia will go on display at the Getty CenteÂ 2011 after its run at the Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in May this year.
Several bronze artefacts were found in the north-central province of Ha Tinh in Vietnam. The article does not mention which culture they are ascribed to.
2,000-year-old antiques found in Ha Tinh
Thanh Nien News, 13 November 2009
Archaeological exploration in the past decade has revealed a new Bronze-iron Age culture in central Myanmar. As most finds are located along the Samon River valley, they have become known as the Samon culture. Principally mortuary goods, many of the artifacts are unique and not found outside Myanmar. Other objects, however, parallel bronzes of the elaborate Shizhaishan Dian cultures of Yunnan. These include Heger I cowrie-drum containers and decorated mouth organs. Potential links are also seen in recent Shizhaishan excavation of headless burials and Samon headless bronze ‘mother-goddess’ figures used to decorate coffins as well as disarticulated inhumations found in both Samon and Dian cultures. There are few radiocarbon results for the Samon culture (circa 600 BCE-400 CE) but most predate the early centuries CE. This lecture will examine the origins of bronze production in the Myanmar-Yunnan cultural sphere.
More details and registration here.
A Dong Son bronze spear and an axe found near the coastline may suggest that the ancient peoples of that culture may have interacted with the sea more than previously thought. I do find the conclusions of the archaeologist in the article stretching a bit too thin when he says that the discovery of the artefacts prove that there was trading activity going on near the sea though.
Artifacts further evidence of East Sea sovereignty: expert
Vietnam Net Bridge, 07 July 2009