Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art to Showcase Cambodia’s Krishna Statue from Phnom Da, Angkor Borei

Phnom Penh: As a result of longstanding cooperation on cultural preservation between the United States and Cambodia, a 1,500-year-old statue of the Hindu god Krishna and other artifacts from Cambodia will be on display, from April 30 to September 18, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C.

The exhibition, “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,” showcases the Hindu deity lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god.  The exhibition was previously at the Cleveland Museum of Arts.

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy encouraged the public to visit this unique exhibition in a video released on the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh’s Facebook page.

Ambassador said, “I am proud of our longstanding efforts and cooperation to help preserve, restore, and showcase Cambodia’s incredible heritage around the world.” 

Since 2001, the United States has provided over $5million in funding to Cambodia for cultural preservation through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation and grants.

Source: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia