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Norton Simon's 'Temple Wrestler' statue heading home to Cambodia
Norton Simon's 'Temple Wrestler' statue heading home to Cambodia

Since 1977, visitors to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum have encountered an ancient Cambodian statue that has the wide, hulking build and arrogant attitude of an NFL nose tackle who has just sacked a rival quarterback. From its pedestal at the end of a long, rectangular downstairs gallery, this life-size presence in sandstone — identified simply as a "Temple Wrestler" created in the early 900s — does not deign to look upon the 10 other figures with whom it shares the room, even though most of them are Hindu deities. Instead, with a tilted head and a face that seems to wear a sneering laugh, it gazes far above its smaller companions' heads. They won't...

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