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1,500-year-old Cambodian Sculpture to be Displayed at the Smithsonian

PHNOM PENH: The Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in the United States will display a 1,500-year-old statue of the Hindu god Krishna from Phnom Da temple in Angkor Borei district, Takeo province, Cambodia.

According to a press release from the US Embassy in Cambodia, a 1,500-year-old Hindu statue of the Hindu god Krishna, and other Cambodian artifacts, will be on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, DC, from 30 April to 18 September 2022.

The display of these ancient Cambodian artifacts is the result of the long-standing cooperation between the United States and Cambodia on cultural preservation.

According to the US Embassy’s statement, the exhibition is titled "Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain" and will feature the sculpture of Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god.

US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, W. Patrick Murphy, said he encourages the public to go and see this special exhibition in a video posted by the US Embassy on their official Facebook page.

He said, "I am proud of our long-standing efforts and cooperation in the preservation, restoration and display of Cambodia's great heritage around the world.”

This exhibition was previously held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Since 2001, the United States has provided more than $5 million dollars to Cambodia for cultural conservation work through the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation and other grants.

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