Residents in Kampong Thom province discovered two pieces of an old cornerstone, one of which was missing the Buddha bas-relief and the other the Deva bas-relief.
The cornerstone is thought to symbolize the long-lasting Khmer culture of
Buddhism and Hinduism during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
Atop July 28 at around 2 p.m. Several villagers discovered it on an old mound in the Prey Totoeng region, located in the province’s west of Peam Athit village, Sakream commune in Prasat Balong district.
Seab Seyha, a local tour guide, told Khmer Times yesterday that the
the cornerstone was divided into two pieces, one with a Buddha bas-relief and a Deva bas-relief.
The cornerstone of Buddha is maintained where it was discovered.
Director of Culture and Fine Arts Hin Sophorn told Khmer Times yesterday that the cornerstone of Buddha is maintained where it was discovered, according to locals’ beliefs.
Kampong Thom residents are staunch advocates of Khmer civilization.
They always notify the authorities when they come across any old statues,” he added, adding that the province’s cultural officials will create a record of all ancient discoveries.
Sophorn urged the Khmer people to ‘love, care for, and treasure the
predecessors’ culture and civilization.