Khmer Artefacts in the Sakon Nakhon Museum

The little Sakon Nakhon Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์เมืองสกลนคร) at Rajabhat University has a collection of local art and artefacts from the prehistoric to the present, including several items uncovered at Phra That Choeng Chum.

The museum is on the second floor. It’s not normally open, so you need to first stop in the little library next to the museum (in the building’s northeast corner) to get someone to open it.

museum sign with ancient rock art design

As of December 2021, these are all the Khmer artifacts from a known temple ruin on display.

Phra That Choeng Chum (พระธาตุเชิงชุม) – Amphoe Mueang, Sakon Nakhon

Shiva statue standing on a yoni
Shiva on a yoni pedestal – 11th to 12th century (The label mistakenly says 10th century.)
feet of a statue
Feet of unknown deity – 10th to 13th century
broken hand of a statue
Hand of unknown deity – 10th to 13th century
two small pots with lines painted on them
Pots – 10th to 13th century
five Khmer bottles
Bottles – 10th to 11th century
three highly eroded votive tablets
Buddhist votive tablets – 13th century
highly eroded votive tablet
Ratnatriya votive tablet (The Three Jewels of Buddhism) – 13th century
large pot
Pot – 10th to 13th century
pedestal
Pedestal – 11th to 13th century. Though found at Wat Si Chomphu, this pedestal was probably used at Phra That Choeng Chum, which is just 600 meters away.

Details – 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, free, 042-744009, www.museumthailand.com/th/museum/Sakon-Nakhon-Museum
Location – Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (ILAC), Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, Tambon That Choeng Chum, Amphoe Mueang, Sakon Nakhon Province

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