Repatriated Ban Chiang artefacts exhibited in Bangkok

Classic Ban Chiang Pottery

Recently-repatriated artefacts from the United States are on display at the National Museum in Bangkok. They were returned from the Bowers Museum in California last year after being determined that they came from looted contexts. A total of 554 pieces were returned, and an opening ceremony yesterday started off the exhibition that will carry on for the rest of the month.

The Ban Chiang exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum
The Ban Chiang exhibition at the Bangkok National Museum
Moulds and crucibles for bronze metalworking
Moulds and crucibles for bronze metalworking
Bronze artefacts, spear points and bracelets, some with the bones still inside.
Bronze artefacts, spear points and bracelets, some with the bones still inside. These appear to be similar to ones repatriated to Cambodia.
Beads
Beads
Possible paddle beaters with incised markings for creating patterns
Possible paddle beaters with incised markings for creating patterns
For this kids, a DIY rock art station!
For this kids, a DIY rock art station!
Classic Ban Chiang Pottery
Classic Ban Chiang Pottery
The Thai Minister for Culture, Director-General of the Fine Arts Department and a member from the US Embassy inspects the exhibition.
The Thai Minister for Culture, Director-General of the Fine Arts Department and a member from the US Embassy (?) inspects the exhibition.

The exhibition is on at the National Museum in Bangkok until 1 March 2015.

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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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