via The Nation, 05 February 2024: This news was reported last year, but much of the focus then was on the return of the looted antiquities associated with Douglas Latchford to Cambodia. Two ancient Thai artefacts, the “Golden Boy” statue and a kneeling female figure, are set to be repatriated from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the US to Thailand this May. The ceremony will take place at the Bangkok National Museum, symbolizing the restoration of Thailand’s cultural heritage.
The repatriation ceremony will be held at museums in the US and Thailand. On Thailand’s side, the ceremony will be held at Bangkok National Museum in May, after which the statues will be exhibited.
“The Metropolitan Museum of Art is working on repatriation details of two artefacts for Thailand’s consideration,” Sermsak said, adding that Thailand is also working on the repatriation of artefacts from the ancient town of Si Thep in Phetchabun province in collaboration with US agencies.