Bronze Buddha stolen from Palembang museum; thieves captured

The police moved quickly to apprehend a gang of four behind the theft of a Bronze Buddha statue from a museum in Palembang. One of the thieves was shot in the leg while trying to resist arrest. Ouch.

S. Sumatra Police question museum employees over missing Buddha statue
Jakarta Post, 13 March 2009

South Sumatra police nabs Buddhist artifact thieves
Jakarta Post, 15 March 2009

South Sumatra Police are investigating the whereabouts of a bronze Buddha statue that went missing from Balaputradewa Museum in the province capital Palembang. Several employees are being questioned.

The 17 x 7 x 7 centimeter bronze statue, which was once coated in gold, was reported missing on Monday.

The South Sumatra Crime Detective unit arrested on Sunday four individuals suspected of having stolen an ancient Buddhist artifact of the Sriwijaya Dynasty era that were displayed at the Balaputra Dewa Museum.

“The artifact was found at Udin’s house and has suffered minor damage,” police officer Artsianto said.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

One thought on “Bronze Buddha stolen from Palembang museum; thieves captured”

  1. http://nachrichten.t-online.de/c/19/55/22/62/19552262.html

    Deutscher Schatzsucher wird fündig
    Erschienen am 29. Juli 2009 | Von Christiane Oelrich, dpa

    Die Lust am Aufspüren treibt die meisten an. Auch wenn es oft sehr, sehr lange dauert. Klaus Keppler kann ein Lied davon singen, er ist Schatzsucher in Indonesien . Seit Jahren sucht der Bergungsunternehmer nach alten Wracks mit Gold, Silber oder Porzellan an Bord. Nach langer Durststrecke ist er jetzt fündig geworden. Gleich zweimal: Er hat ein Wrack aus dem 10. Jahrhundert geborgen und das Kaperschiff “Forbes”, das 1806 gesunken ist.

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