via Phnom Penh Post, 10 October 2019: Head of a giant Bodhisattva statue discovered in Ta Nei temple – the head is 57 cm high, which gives you an idea of how large the whole statue would have been.
The Apsara National Authority technical team uncovered a sandstone statue of a Bodhisattva while carrying out excavation work at the east entrance of the Ta Nei temple on October 8.
The team was trying to find the temple’s roof stone, which had fallen into a pile of stones in land covered with anthills.
Ta Nei temple’s restoration project leader Sea Sophearun, who is also an archaeologist at the Department of Monuments and Preventive Archaeology said his team had only uncovered the head of the statue.
The right ear is still intact but the left one is missing and it has a scraped nose with one side of the cheek damaged.