Original Arm Gesture of King Jayavarman VII Statue Affirmed

New finding by a joint working group has officially revealed original arm gesture of the statue of Khmer ancient King Jayavarman VII � the move that brings an end to different guesses.

The working group of APSARA Authority and the French School of the Far East represented by Mr. Cheav Bunthong and Mr. Eric Bourdonneau shared the finding during the recent 33rd Technical Session of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) in Siem Reap provincial city.

According to the release from APSARA Authority following the meeting, the original arm gesture of King Jayavarman VII statue was in the form of Sampeah or pressing the palms together on the chest.

The finding built on concrete and consistent evidences from both archeological and scientific studies, including scanning and connections of fragments of King Jayavarman VII statues.

There had been different assumptions about the arm gesture of the most worshiped King during Angkor period wherein some believed it was a meditating while other thought it was a Sampeah.

It is expected that the finding will bring an end to different interpretation of the King’s gesture and promote consistent and correct storytelling.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press