Friday, May 15, 2015

Hanuman comes home

Hanuman comes home to Cambodia
The Cleveland Museum of Art returned a Hanuman sculpture to Cambodia this week. The Ohio museum acquired the one-metre high statue in 1982. But it now believes that it was “in all likelihood” looted from the 10th century capital of the Khmer kingdom, Koh Ker. Other statues from the same Prasat Chen temple in the ancient city have already been returned to Cambodia by the Metropolitan Museum, the Simon Norton Foundation in Pasadena as well as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, following stories published in The New York Times and The Art Newspaper reporting that they probably came from the looted site. These reports, first published in 2013, were based on a study by the French archeologist Eric Bourdonneau, working for the Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO), who recreated the epic scenes depicted in the temple. Welcome home Hanuman.

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