Louis Delaporte

Portrait of Louis   Delaporte

The legacy of Louis Delaporte (18421925) is absolutely gigantic. After collecting written and drawn observations through his numerous travels around South East Asia, he became the curator of the Musee Indochinois, the main collection of Khmer art abroad. He also minutiously made clay casts of innumerable sculptures and bas-reliefs in Angkor and other temples. Thanks to this effort, contemporary archeologs and restoration experts are nowadays able to reconstruct damaged or looted parts of many sacred buildings. His collection has been donated to the Musee Guimet in Paris after his death, in 1927.