via Phnom Penh Post, 04 February 2020: An intact lion statue was found in the reservoir of Banteay Chhmar and has been reinstalled in the temple. The discovery of the lion can be found in the Facebook story below.
An ancient lion statue that was dug out earlier this week in Banteay Meanchey’s Thma Puok district has been returned to Banteay Chhmar temple, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said.
Earlier this week, officials of the Department of Protection and Conservation of Ancient Constructions unearthed a larger-than-life lion statue during an excavation at a reservoir inside the Banteay Chhmar temple complex.
The recovered statue stands over 2m high and is about 70cm wide. It was found at a depth of about 1.5m.
“First, the archaeologists found the feet of the lion attached to the base. They continued digging and found that fortunately, the lion was in good condition.
“The tail and the legs were damaged, but only slightly,” Prak Sunnara, secretary of state in charge of archaeology and excavation at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said on Tuesday.