ART: ANCIENT, FROZEN SMILES

A MARVELOUS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS THE GLORIOUS HERITAGE OF CAMBODIAN SCULPTURE--AND ITS CURRENT, DESPERATE PERIL

The National Gallery in Washington has a marvelous show this summer--"Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia: Millennium of Glory." It is by no means a rerun of a familiar subject. Most of the world's major sculptural traditions are abundantly represented in American museums--Egyptian, ancient Greek, Gothic, Italian Renaissance, Indian and Maya. Cambodian sculpture is the exception. Yet there is no doubt that in the small Southeast Asian kingdom between the 6th century and 16th century A.D., some of the greatest stone carving and bronze work in human history was made.

Very little of it has been seen in the West--mere fragments...

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