Home > Antiques/Antiquities, Asian Art, Sculpture > ANOTHER CAMBODIAN WARRIOR ON THE LOOSE


Cambodia has now asked the United Staes for its help to return another Khmer sandstone statue, five feet tall and weighing 600 pounds and on display at the  Norton Simon Museum  of Art in Pasadena, California since 1980. Cambodia states that the statue was plundered during the upheaval of the 1970s. This mighty warrior is the twin to the statue currently in dispute between  Sotheby’s and the United States government. There is now doubt if the Sotheby’s  statue can be  impounded by the US government – and the judge said that a ruling would be forthcoming in 30 to 60 days.

We know exactly where both statues used to stand because the feet are still in place and waiting  at the Prasat Chen Temple complex in Koh Ker, some 60 miles northeast of Angkor Wat. There are accusations of theft, legitimate purchase papers, and  the fact that the Cambodian government has never asked for the return from the Norton Simon and has in fact  stated in a letter by a Cambodian official that the piece now belongs to the Norton Simon.

Whatever happens it would be thrilling to see these two pieces together again!

(Just as it would be  to see the Bamyan Buddha statues again in their old place).

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