VOA story of the Koh Ker warrior

Koh Ker warrior, VOA 20120306

A video story on the Koh Ker warrior that has been in the news of late. The text in the story is the transcript of the video.

Koh Ker warrior, VOA 20120306
Koh Ker warrior, VOA 20120306

Cambodians Work to Recover Priceless Antiquities
VOA, 06 March 2012

The proposed sale of an ancient Cambodian statue at Soethby’s auction house in New York has raised new questions about the legality of selling looted ancient artwork. VOA’s Daniel Schearf visited the statue’s original location in Koh Ker and spoke to residents about the loss of their antiquities.

Only the feet remain from two statues more than 1,000 years old that allegedly were cut off during Cambodia’s chaotic 1970s and sold to foreign collectors.
Last year, government complaints halted the auction of one of them, an ancient temple wrestler, worth about $2 million.

Full story and video 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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