Archeologists Matching 10,000 Statue Fragments
AKP Phnom Penh, August 06, 2019 —
Archeological experts from Angkor Conservation Centre, National Preah Vihear Authority, National APSARA Authority, Phnom Penh National Museum and French School of the Far East have been matching 10,000 fragments of a statue into a complete shape.
The update was shared by Mr. Chhan Chamroeun, Deputy Director of Ancient Construction Conservation and Protection Department of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, underlining that as of Aug. 5, the process for matching of those broken and missed fragments of the statue has been lasting for about two months.
With estimated height of 5 metres and having two head levels, fives faces and ten arms; the statue being matched, continued Mr. Chhan Chamroeun, is called “Preah Shiva Roam” originating from the Red temple of Koh Ker in the10th century.
The matching now has completed chest section of the statue, and the missing pieces – including three of the faces – will be replaced with some fill-up.
According to Mr. Chhan Chamroeun, the process of research and collection of statue fragments began in 2012 under collaboration between Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, National Preah Vihear Authority, National APSARA Authority and French School of the Far East.
Article in Khmer & Photos by Hang Seak
Article in English by Lim Nary