Three fifteenth-century Majapahit statues go missing in Sragen, East Java. The story underlines the lack of resources and the prevalence of theft of such artefacts in Indonesia.
Majapahit Artifacts Go Missing In Sragen
Jakarta Globe, 04 February 2012
The Thai police have caught a gang of thieves responsible for the thefts of a number of Buddha statues in Prachin Buri Province, including the loss of one 500-year-old statue.
Ancient Buddha statue theft
Bangkok Post, 28 March 2011
A case where 80 gold artefacts were stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta have been referred to Interpol, as it is believed that the artefacts have been smuggled out of the country and sold.
Gold artefacts stolen; Interpol assistance requested
Jakarta Post, 21 January 2011
Pencurian Koleksi Emas Sonobudoyo Gelap
Kompas.com, 11 January 2011
(In Bahasa Indonesia)
Following the earlier story of the theft of artefacts from the tomb of King Khai Dinh, it seems that thefts like these have been relatively common and researchers are worried that there may not be many royal antiques remaining.
Many Hue royal antiques stolen
Vietnam Net Bridge, 08 December 2010
Thieves have broken into and stolen antiques from the tomb of King Khai Dinh who ruled in the earlier part of the 20th century. The tomb, which is open to public, is located in Hue.
Tomb of King Khai Dinh, from Vietnam Net Bridge
Antiques in Kingâ€™s tomb stolen
Vietnam Net Bridge, 02 December 2010
Gold artefacts dating from the 8th and 9th centuries have been stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta in Java.
Thieves clean up gold collection
Jakarta Post, 14 August 2010
Police in Central Java have caught three men in connection to the theft of statues from the Plaosan Buddhist temples, and discover more statues at one of the arrested men’s home.
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Police uncover ancient statue theft syndicate
Jakarta Post, 04 Jan 2010
300-year-old Buddha images in a temple in Ayutthaya province in Thailand have either been damaged or stolen by thieves.
Ayutthaya temple hit by thieves
Bangkok Post, 22 November 2009
The heads of six 17th century Buddha heads were stolen from a temple in Thailand’s Lopburi province.
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Six Buddha heads stolen from temple
Bangkok Post, 23 October 2009
100 Buddha statues have been reported stolen from temples in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, fuelled by the trade in antiquities.
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Buddha statues steal away in Luang Prabang
Vientiane Times, via Asiaone, 07 May 2009