Ancient silver plate returned to Cambodia

A Hungarian collector has returned to Cambodia an Angkoran-period silver plate, which is thought to have been recovered in the vicinity of Banteay Chhmar.

Silver plate returned to Cambodia. Phnom Penh Post 20120109
Silver plate returned to Cambodia. Phnom Penh Post 20120109

Ancient silverware returned to Kingdom
Phnom Penh Post, 09 January 2012

While many treasures of the Angkorian-era reside in museums and private collections, one small but important artifact has been returned to its mother country.

An eleven-centimeter diameter silver plate, decorated with lotus flowers and plated with gold, has been donated to the National Museum in Phnom Penh by Hungarian collector and businessman Zelnik István, the founder of the private Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest.

Originally, there were eight lotus flowers carved on the plate, but three of them have become detached. A needle-like iron strap has been attached at some stage, but nobody knows why this was added.

Full story here.

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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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