Khmer Silverwares

by Vireak Kong

Silver ( ប្រាក់,'Prak', in Khmer) through Cambodian history, ending with a fine analyzis of regional styles and productions of modern silversmiths.


Type: paperback

Publisher: Reyum Publishing, Phnom Penh (with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation)

Edition: First edition

Published: November 2009

Author: Vireak Kong

Pages: 118

ISBN: 9789995055486

Language : English

The most-studied stele inscription K. 444 at Preah Khan Temple lists some 430 solid gold and silver statues across the 10th. century Khmer Empire.

After a clear summary of the scholarly controversy about the absence of real currency system in Angkor, the author, director of the National Museum KONG Vireak, leads us through anthropological and societal considerations on silverware in Cambodia, from wedding betel boxes to contemporary jewelry.

Tags: silver, currency, money, crafts, Oc-Eo, non-monetizarion

About the Author


Vireak Kong

KONG Vireak is the director of Cambodia National Museum since 2012.

After studying and training in archeology, with five years spent on excavation sites in Angkor area, Vireak Kong undertook anthropological studies in France. Formerly Deputy Director and Director of the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), he is currently developing the collections and activities of Phnom Penh National Museum.