Art collector Douglas Latchford is at it again. He's just handed over another priceless jewel to the National Museum in Phnom Penh, this time an intricately cast bronze boat prow ornament from the 11th century and the only one of its kind to be in the museum's collection. Latchford, who is arguably one of the world's leading art collectors of Khmer artefacts, has now donated five important art pieces to the museum, as well as raising funds to install a modern lighting system in the galleries last year. “I have a passion for Asian art, especially for ancient Khmer sculpture and jewellery,” said the Bangkok-based collector. A museum official confirmed that within the past 10 years, the National Museum had received 306 objects donated by foreign collectors, while 1,600 items had been given by Cambodian residents. Latchford also used the occasion to launch his latest book, Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations of the Past, his third volume written with co-author Emma C Bunker. The other two are the 2004 Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art and in 2008, Khmer Gold: Gifts for the Gods, which together with the new book form the most comprehensive study of Khmer art history ever published. Khmer Bronzes is over 600 pages long with some 460 photographs inside.