Cambodia and Sotheby's clash over Koh Ker statues

Regular readers would be familiar with the ongoing case between Sotheby’s and the Cambodia on the sale of statues from Koh Ker. This NPR is a timely update of recent events.

Cambodia Vs. Sotheby’s In A Battle Over Antiquities
NPR, 23 October 2012

The governments of Cambodia and the United States are locked in a legal battle with the auction house Sotheby’s over a thousand-year-old statue. The two governments say the statue was looted from a temple of the ancient Khmer empire. Sotheby’s says this can’t be proved, and a court in New York will decide on the matter soon.

The case could affect how collectors and museums acquire artifacts, and how governments recover lost national treasures.

Full story here.

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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.

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