via Phnom Penh Post, 11 December 2019: This cool piece of research was unveiled at the ICC-Angkor meeting earlier this week in Siem Reap – researchers from the EFEO and APSARA Authority used 3D scans of sculpture fragments found in the Angkor Conservation Centre and reunited a pair of arms with the famous statue of Jayavarman VII. The posture of the king has long been a subject of speculation, but it can now be said that the king is offering a salutation with his hands.
A team of researchers have formally presented the true form of the statues of Jayavarman VII, one of the earliest Buddhist kings of the Khmer empire, during a meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of Angkor (ICC-Angkor).
The clarification was made after a French research team, who had found statues of the former king with a broken torso and broken arms, made a different claim about the statues’ form.
The 33rd technical meeting and the 26th plenary meeting organised by the ICC-Angkor from Tuesday to Wednesday at the headquarters of the Apsara National Authority in Siem Reap province were attended by more than 300 participants.
During the meeting, the joint working group of the Apsara National Authority and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO) said the true gesture of Jayavarman VII statues was in the form of a sampeah – a Cambodian traditional way of showing respect.