via Bangkok Post, 22 Feb 2019 and other sources: A private collector from Thailand returns over 100 artifacts to the Fine Arts Department. It is not stated how the artifacts came to his possession.
Collector Thammarit Jira has donated 104 historical artifacts dating back as far as 4,300 years to the government for safekeeping as national treasures.
They were handed over at the Bangkok National Museum on Friday, where they were accepted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
“These ancient objects are very precious and useful for the study of archaeological subjects and Thai history… This is a good example, and will encourage Thai people, including younger people, to love and protect our national treasures,” Gen Prayut said.
The prime minister said Mr Thammarit’s action should inspire other collectors to follow suit.