Fifty-four extremely rare maps of Cambodia will go on show for the first time at an exhibition in Phnom Penh at the French Cultural Centre (CCF) next month.
Made by unknown artists and showing a variety of styles and scripts, the maps were offered to King Norodom Sihamoni by the École française d’Extrême-Orient last year.
Even though scholars have been unable to find out who commissioned them, they estimate they were drawn some time between 1884 and 1892, during the reign of King Norodom I and the French protectorate.
The maps are captioned in Khmer and all the provinces are represented in a great diversity of forms.
The exhibition will open on August 4 at the CCF, not July 4 as incorrectly stated in the July 1 issue of 7Days magazine, and run until August 28 at 218 Street 184, Phnom Penh.