Three statues return to Cambodia

Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and US diplomat Jeff Daigle welcoming the returning statues. Daily Mail 20140603

Cambodia celebrates the return of three statues that were looted from Koh Ker in the 1970s.

Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and US diplomat Jeff Daigle welcoming the returning statues. Daily Mail 20140603
Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and US diplomat Jeff Daigle welcoming the returning statues. Daily Mail 20140603

Welcome home! Three 1,000-year-old statues returned to Cambodia by the US after they were looted during the civil war
Daily Mail, 03 June 2014

Cambodia gets back looted 1,000-year-old statues
AP, via The Gulf Today, 04 June 2014

Looted statues returned to Cambodia
AFP, via the Bangkok Post, 04 June 2014

Three 1,000-year-old statues have been returned to Cambodia by the US after they were looted from a temple during the country’s civil war.

It is not yet known when the statues, which depict Hindu mythology, will go on display, but they were handed over in an official ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and US diplomat Jeff Daigl.

Cambodian officials say the statues were looted in the 1970s by being hacked off their bases in the Koh Ker temple complex in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap province, which is home to the Angkor Wat temples.

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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