Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sneak preview

A sneak preview of the inside of the new Kompong Thom provincial museum
En route to Sambor Prei Kuk to visit the new Isanborei community project, our fam trip team stopped off at the new Kompong Thom provincial museum, which isn't due to open for a couple of months as they are still adding a few finishing touches, but as we were in the vicinity, we got a special sneak preview of what visitors can expect to see. The lintels, colonnettes, lingas and pedestals that were previously housed in the dingy and dusty exhibition hall at the Culture & Fine Arts office opposite the Arunreas restaurant, have been shifted to the new museum, specially-built but some way from the town centre. The curator promised me that everything would be labelled up in time for the opening, in what was a pretty tiny building with one room, that looked chock-a-block full of sculptures from the pre-Angkorian and Angkorian period. Two of the Prasat Tao lions were on pedestals outside the front door, looking a bit worse for wear, whilst inside an absence of natural light made it difficult to get any good pictures. Nevertheless, the museum is an improvement on what went before, so that's a positive.
Detail from one of the best lintels on view showing Krishna lifting Mount Govardhana
This fierce looking somasutra head is from the 7th century
Another inside view of the new museum, still in the throes of being completed
A row of lingas inside the museum



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