via Khmer Times, 04 January 2021: We often see sculptures as archaeological objects in this site, but sculptures continue to be made today.
Indeed, Khmer sculptors have done the same since the Angkorian period in the 12th century – sculpting Hindu gods, Buddhist statues, King Jayavarman VII and other human and animal statues.
Though the skills take years to learn and decades to master, some young Cambodians have shown their interest in preserving the ancient Khmer arts. Three such sculpture enthusiasts are May Chamnab, Oeun Koan and Seng Hong, who sculpt at a workshop in Kandal province’s Mouk Kampoul district, about 25 kilometres northeast of Phnom Penh.
Chamnab, a 38-year-old sculptor who hails from Kratie province, says he has been creating sculptures for about ten years and is getting more skilful from day-to-day.
“I had learned from my master and now I have been teaching two young apprentices,” he says, pointing his finger at Koan and Hong.