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World United States returns 27 stolen antiquities to Cambodia

07:40  11 june  2021
07:40  11 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States has repatriated 27 antiquities to Cambodia, including Hindu and Buddhist statues, after years of work by New York investigators to recover the smuggled artefacts.

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Valued at about $3.8 million, the items included several Hindu and Angkorian Buddhist statues, such as a bronze meditating Buddha on a Naga, a statue of Shiva, and a Buddhist sandstone sculpture of Prajnaparamita.

"The repatriation of these 27 stunning relics to the people of Cambodia restores an important link between the nation's classical Angkor era and its modern customs and beliefs that, for far too long, was disrupted by the greed of stolen antiquities traffickers," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr said in a statement.

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Cambodia's Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Phoeurng Sackona said the antiquities were the "missing souls" of the country's ancestors.

The Cambodian items were among nearly 400 being returned to 10 countries after investigations by Manhattan's Antiquities Trafficking Unit and Homeland Security Investigations.

U.S. authorities last week returned to Thailand https://reut.rs/3pF8Qog two 680 kg (1,500 lb) stone carvings stolen decades ago, which had been on display at a San Francisco museum.

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Martin Petty)

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