(SEAArch) Ancient silver plate returned to Cambodia
While many treasures of the Angkorian-era reside in museums and private collections, one small but important artifact has been returned to its mother country. An eleven-centimeter diameter silver plate, decorated with lotus flowers and plated with gold, has been donated to the National Museum in Phnom Penh by Hungarian collector and businessman Zelnik István, the founder of the private Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest. Originally, there were eight lotus flowers carved on the plate, but three of them have become detached. A needle-like iron strap has been attached at some stage, but nobody knows why this was added.