Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Smithsonian returns Angkorian artefacts



Smithsonian returns Angkorian artefacts

The United States’ Simithsonian Institution handed over more than 60 pieces of Angkorian pottery to Cambodia earlier this month. Apsara Authority
The United States’ Simithsonian Institution handed over more than 60 pieces of Angkorian pottery to Cambodia earlier this month. Apsara Authority

Smithsonian returns Angkorian artefacts

The Smithsonian Institution has handed over more than 60 Angkorian-era pottery artefacts to the Kingdom, according to the Apsara Authority.

The pottery in question is believed to have been produced in today’s Buriram province in Thailand, according to Apsara’s Facebook post.

The Smithsonian Institution brought them back “in order to keep, preserve and study”.

Ear Darith, deputy director of Angkor International Center for Research and Documentation at Apsara, said in a statement that the pottery was brought from Buriram province to the United States in the 1970s by a Japanese and American couple, who “then handed them over to [the] Smithsonian Institution”.

The statement indicates that some items were well-preserved while others were broken. Intact items will be shown in exhibitions, with all of them up for study.

The handover on April 2 was presided over by Apsara representatives Ear Darith and Thy Sereyvuth, as well as US Embassy representative Monica Davis.

According to the statement, this was the first time a large number of pottery items had been handed over.

The US Embassy and Smithsonian Institution did not respond to requests for comment as of press time.

Additional reporting by Leonie Kijewski

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

    Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian

  • Plastic-to-rice initiative transforms waste into bricks

    Volunteers in Kampong Khlaing commune of Siem Reap province’s Sotr Nikum district have been collecting plastic waste to use as a raw material for the production of bricks and clemence tiles. The volunteers are hoping that, in addition to helping clean up the environment,