PHNOM PENH, Oct. 1 (Xinhua): Five lost Cambodian items, donated by the family of late antique collector Douglas Latchford, have been returned to Cambodia from Britain, a Cambodian spokesperson said.
“In the initial phase, five Cambodian masterpieces were returned from the UK to their homeland, Cambodia on Wednesday evening,” the secretary of state and spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture and Culture told Xinhua. Fine Arts, Hab Touch.
The five returned artifacts included a stone sculpture of Shiva and Skanda, a half-man and half-woman deity, a male deity, a statue of Prajnaparamita and a bronze boat prow, he said.
“The five statues are now safely stored at the National Museum in Phnom Penh,” Touch said.
He added that experts will assess, clean and repair these antiques and install the necessary pedestals for them in preparation for an official handover ceremony at an appropriate time.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the five artifacts are part of a total of more than 100 lost Cambodian stone and bronze antiques that the Latchford family agreed to return to Cambodia following a agreement reached on September 18, 2020.
The Latchford family have decided to return their entire extraordinary collection of Cambodian antiques to the Southeast Asian nation after three years of negotiations.
These cultural objects date back to the 6th century until the post-Angkorian period, the ministry said.
Touch said the remaining antiques will arrive in Cambodia in different stages. – Xinhua