US museum returns 10th century Rama statue to Cambodia

United States returned an ancient decapitated statue of Hindu god Rama stolen from Cambodia during the South East Asian country’s civil war in the 70s. The sandstone Torso of Rama statue, which stands 157 centimetres tall and is missing its head, arms and feet, was formally handed over at a ceremony in Phnom Penh attended by government officials, the US ambassador and the director of the Denver Museum of Art.

In May last year, a 10th century stone statue of Hanuman was returned to Cambodia by the Cleveland Museum of Art. In January, a 7th century stone sculpture of Harihara, a deity that combines aspects of Vishnu and Shiva, was returned by France and reattached to its body for display at a museum in Phnom Penh, more than 130 years after it was spirited away.

Extra info:

  • It is the latest artwork returned to Cambodia in recent years. Among the galleries that have repatriated art are the Guimet Museum in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sotheby’s auction house, Christie’s auction house and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.
  • Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline.
  • Cambodia Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen

So lets do:

  • Who is the Prime Minister of Cambodia?
  • U.S returned an ancient decapitated statue of Hindu god Rama to which country?

Source – The Hindu


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