Several months ago I was working at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) recording beads and working in the ceramics conservation lab there. (The conservation lab will soon be moving into a sparkly new space in the National Museum thanks to contributions from some generous donors). The head of the ceramics lab is a man named Sokha who was trained by ceramics conservator Bonnie Baskin, and has vast knowledge on the topics of ceramics conservation, Khmer ceramics, and Khmer archaeology. He’s been a real help to me and my research while I’ve been here. When I was last at RUFA a few months ago he was just working on putting together a pot from Late Neolithic/early Bronze Age (?) burial. Here’s what it looked like then:
It’s a lot like putting together a puzzle, and you need lots of patience.
Above: An up-close shot of the base of the pot
Below: Here are pieces of the rim of the pot.
Sokha estimates that there were between 300-400 pieces in this one pot. After about two straight months, here is what the pot looks like now:
Sokha said fitting together all these tiny pieces was the most challenging.
Here’s what the inside looks like
Here is a close-up on the nice paint job on the shoulder of the pot.
I’m going to talk to Sokha later this week about his work so expect to hear more about this soon!