Khmer zoomorphic pot with brown glaze (~12th C). Courtesy of the Bolster Collection
After some months of reviewing Khmer stonewares within Australian collections I’m off to the US to review the Freer/Sackler Galleries‘ (Smithsonian -Washington DC) collection courtesy of Louise Cort and Blythe McCarthy. For the research to date, a big thank you to several private collectors and the Art Gallery of South Australia. With a personal thanks to curators James Bennett and Rusty Kelty and archaeologist/stoneware kiln specialist – Don Hein.
Some of the ceramics also featured in the sublime exhibition at the AGSA : Beneath the winds: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art (18 November-29 January). The exhibition coincided with the release of a lavishly illustrated publication by curator James Bennett – available here. The following Burmese architectural ceramic also caught my attention.
Large Terracotta Glazed Tile Depicting Two of Mara’s Warriors, Pegu, Burma late 15th C (Collection AGSA)
The Federal Government says it will contribute $1 million towards a scheme to protect Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples. The world-famous temple complex in Siem Reap province is visited by thousands of tourists each day. Foreign Minister Bob Carr is in Cambodia on his first trip overseas since being sworn into his new role and says the funding will help preserve the 700-year-old monuments in the area.
“We’re going to take the experience Australians gain managing Uluru and other world heritage sites, and see that in this great site,” Mr Carr said.
“[It's] important to the whole world that there is a proper management of the tourist pressures, that the area’s not going to be trampled to death, and that there’s going to be protection from the damage that could be done by floods.”
Senator Carr says the scheme will also ensure money from Angkor tourism reaches the hands of poor locals.
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