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May 15, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Museum: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Sponsor: Sackler Gallery
Location: Sublevel 1
The fascinating story of bronze sculpture and casting in Cambodia is revealed through 36 exceptional works. These magnificent examples dating from the prehistoric period to the post-Angkorian period (3rd century BCE to 16th century CE) presents the origins, uses, and techniques of bronze casting and the development of a distinctly Cambodian style. This exhibition is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Museum of Cambodia, as the museums worked together to establish a metals conservation laboratory at the museum, the first in Cambodia. Seven of the works on view are among the first bronzes conserved in the lab by the staff of the National Museum of Cambodia.