Friday, January 29, 2021

With a Gift of Art, a Daughter Honors, if Not Absolves, Her Father

By Tom Mashberg
A bronze seated male deity from around the 11th century is part of the collection assembled by Douglas Latchford that is being returned to Cambodia.Credit...Matthew Hollow, via Royal Government of Cambodia
Nawapan Kriangsak found out as a young girl that running in her father’s apartment was forbidden. Her father, Douglas A.J. Latchford, was perhaps the world’s leading collector of Cambodian antiquities and every corner of his apartment in Bangkok featured a statue of a Khmer deity too valuable to risk to horseplay. When she went to bed as a child, Ms. Kriangsak said in an interview, the brooding stone faces would haunt her. “Daddy,” she would tell him, “they walk at night.” Last summer, when her father died at 88, they all became hers — 125 works that make up what is said to be the greatest private collection of artifacts from Cambodia’s 1,000-year-old Khmer Dynasty. [More