Lonely Planet Writer

Statue head returned to Cambodia after 130 years

In Cambodia, the body of a statue of the Hindu deity Harihara has been reuinited with its head after 130 years apart.

The head of Harihara (centre of the three heads in the middle) at the Musée Guimet.
The head of Harihara (centre of the three heads in the middle) at the Musée Guimet. Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / CC BY 2.0

The statue head was taken from Phnom Da in Takeo and sent to France in 1889, and has now been returned by the Musée Guimet, France’s national museum of Asian art. The head’s homecoming came about as part of an exchange – in return for the head, Cambodia has given the Musée Guimet a fragment that completes a sculpture at the museum. Read more: phnompenhpost.com