Cambodian bronzes to go on display in Washington

A set of bronze sculptures from Cambodia’s 12th century Angkor period are set to go on display next year at the Smithsonian. This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Smithsonian to train Cambodian metal conservators.

Bronze on display
Phnom Penh Post, 09 April 2009

Over 38 bronze sculptures from the National Museum of Cambodia are to be displayed in Washington, DC, next year, an opportunity for the world to witness the mystery and wonder of Cambodia’s ancient relics.

The exhibition “Bronzes from the National Museum” follows the story of Cambodian bronze casting from the prehistoric period through the distinct Angkorian style of the 12th century.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M Sackler Gallery will host the exhibition from May 2010 through early 2011 to promote Asian art in America.

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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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