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10th CENTURY KHMER STONE STATUE TO BE RETURNED TO CAMBODIA

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Said to have been looted from a temple in the Cambodian jungle during the Po Pot reign of terror, the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, Sotheby’s, and the owner of the figure agreed to return the 500 pound sandstone warrior to Cambodia. It is interesting that the US government has been so successful – while it is true that nobody should deal in stolen antiquities, it was also agreed that the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan agreed to withdraw its accusation that Sotheby’s and the owner/consignor knew about the statue’s disputed history. I also find it interesting that the laws some of the accusations were based upon dated from a time when Cambodia was a French colony, and pursuing this case would entail time consuming research into Cambodian, French Colonial, US and other laws governing antiquities. I think some of the parties were on thin ice and the US government was very helpful. Based on the information I could find, the owner/consignor did not receive any compensation, Sotheby’s will pay for shipping the statue to Cambodia – what a good deal for Cambodia.

I hope the warrior from Prasat Chen finds a safe place for the next thousand years!

I only wish the Cambodian government would pursue the welfare of its children as seriously as the welfare of its stone figures.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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