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.

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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)

Art review: Cambodia loans rare work to Cleveland Museum of Art

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via Ohio.com: 14 December 2017

In 2015 the Cleveland Museum of Art forged a Cultural Cooperation Agreement with the National Museum of Cambodia, following the transfer of a 10th-century Khmer sculpture of the monkey god Hanuman from Cleveland to Cambodia. This agreement has allowed for works of art to be loaned for exhibition at the CMA, to promote knowledge and appreciation of Cambodia’s cultural heritage.

Source: Art review: Cambodia loans rare work to Cleveland Museum of Art – Ohio.com

Cambodia lends spectacular sculpted wall from Banteay Chhmar to Cleveland Museum of Art

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via Cleveland.com, 15 October 2017

The Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday opened a fascinating new exhibition focusing on a wall removed from a Cambodian temple by looters, but later recovered by the government.

Source: Cambodia lends spectacular sculpted wall from Banteay Chhmar to Cleveland Museum of Art (photos) | cleveland.com

Cambodia returns artefact fragment to Cleveland museum

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Scans of the 6th century Krishna statue. Source: Cleveland.com, 20151030

Here’s a twist: Cambodia has returned an artefact fragment to the Cleveland Museum, after a series of tests including 3D scans showed that the fragment, part of a 6th century sculpture of Krishna, more closely matched the one in the museum’s collection, rather than the one in National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

Scans of the 6th century Krishna statue. Source: Cleveland.com, 20151030

Scans of the 6th century Krishna statue. Source: Cleveland.com, 20151030

Cambodia returns sculptural fragment after 3-D scans show it fits Cleveland Museum of Art’s Krishna
Cleveland.com, 30 October 2015

Cambodia returned a 432-pound sculptural fragment to the Cleveland Museum of Art after new evidence including 3-D scans showed that the broken piece belongs to the museum’s monumental sixth-century stone carving of Krishna.

The museum actually owned the fragment in question between the mid-1970s and 2005, but failed in earlier attempts to match it to its Krishna.

The museum sent the fragment to Cambodia, thinking that might match another Krishna in the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

But the Cleveland museum now says that new scientific information shows the fragment matches its Krishna and not a sculpture in Phnom Penh, as Cambodian authorities believed over the past decade.

Full story here.

Another Prasat Chen statue returned – Hanuman repatriated to Cambodia

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Returned Hanuman statue. Source: Cambodia Daily 20150513

It was a time for celebration for Cambodia last week when another statue from the Prasat Chen group in Koh Ker was returned to the country from the Cleveland Museum of Art, after it was established that the statue was illegally removed and therefore looted.

Returned Hanuman statue. Source: Cambodia Daily 20150513

Returned Hanuman statue. Source: Cambodia Daily 20150513

US Museum returns looted statue to Cambodia
AFP, via Yahoo News, 11 May 2015

US Museum Returns Hanuman Statue to Cambodia
Cambodia Daily, 11 May 2015

Cambodia welcomes home statue returned by Cleveland Museum of Art
AP, via the News Herald.com, 12 May 2015

Hanuman statue returned (video)
Phnom Penh Post, 13 May 2015

Looted statue comes home
Phnom Penh Post, 13 May 2015

Looted Statue Officially Returned to Cambodia
Cambodia Daily, 13 May 2015

Nearly five decades after a centuries-old statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman was looted from a temple in Cambodia, the Cleveland Museum of Art officially handed it over to the government Tuesday during a ceremony at the Council of Ministers building.

Once part of a depiction of an epic battle between two other monkey deities, the statue was carved in the 10th century and housed at Preah Vihear province’s Prasat Chen temple, which was built as part of the one-time Khmer Empire capital of Koh Ker.

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Cleveland Museum says its Khmer statue not from Prasat Chen

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Hanuman statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Source: Cleveland.com 20140513

The Cleveland Museum of Art says that its own statue of Hanuman was not looted from Koh Ker, based on their inspection of the pedestals there.

Hanuman statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Source: Cleveland.com 20140513

Hanuman statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Source: Cleveland.com 20140513

Statue not coming back: US museum
Phnom Penh Post, 15 May 2014

The Cleveland Museum of Art says it has evidence that its Hanuman sculpture was not looted from Prasat Chen in Cambodia
Cleveland.com, 13 May 2014
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More statues returned to Cambodia from the US

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Statue of Bhima. Source: New York Times 20140506

Auction house Christie’s and the Norton Simon Museum have both agreed to return statues in their possession, ‘Pandava’ and ‘Bhima’ or a temple wrestler both originally thought to be from Prasat Chen, part of the Koh Ker complex.

Statue of Bhima. Source: New York Times 20140506

Statue of Bhima. Source: New York Times 20140506

More statues to be repatriated
Phnom Penh Post, 08 May 2014

Two More Looted Statues Set to Be Returned
Cambodia Daily, 08 May 2014

California museum to return statue to Cambodia
AP, via Salon.com, 08 May 2014

Ancient Angkor artefacts to be returned
AAP, via Yahoo News, 08 May 2014

Christie’s to Return Cambodian Statue
New York Times, 05 May 2014
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