Thai Sun God comes back in the mail

The Surya Dev bead which was stolen from a museum in Bangkok last weekend is mysteriously returned in the mail. The museum indicates that legal charges will not be dropped if the thief is found.

Ancient bead returned in mail

Bangkok Post, 13 March 2009

An ancient bead featuring an image of the Hindu sun god Surya Dev stolen from the National Discovery Museum Institute has been returned by mail.

Institute director Thanit Kitti-ampon said a postman delivered an envelope addressed to the museum about 10am yesterday. Inside was the bead, estimated to be more than 2,000 years old, which had been stolen from the museum on March 5.

The bead was wrapped in a piece of tissue paper and came with a hand-written note saying: “I apologise for any inconvenience and trouble caused. I have decided to return it so everyone stops worrying. With profound regrets.”

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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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