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Manhattan DA’s Office Returns 11th Century Antiquity to Cambodia

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is at the moment within the information for indicting former President Donald Trump, however it additionally continues to repatriates looted and stolen antiquities.

On March 31, the workplace of Alvin L. Bragg Jr. introduced the repatriation of the Khmer Lintel, an eleventh century structural component that was looted from Cambodia in the course of the Nineteen Nineties and smuggled into Thailand. The Khmer lintel shaped the assist for a temple door and featured carvings of celestial deities dancing collectively, often known as apsaras in Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

According to the DA’s workplace, after the lintel arrived in Bangkok, it was offered by an area vendor to an American collector and remained in a non-public assortment in Manhattan till its seizure final October.

“This is a beautiful piece that has been sitting in a private collection and hidden from the public view due to the actions of selfish looters,” Bragg stated in a statement. “We will continue to make clear that stolen antiquities passing through Manhattan will be tracked down and returned to their countries of origin.”

The District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit has obtained lots of press consideration for the sheer quantity of its restoration work, which incorporates several recent seizures on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the repatriation of greater than 950 objects valued at roughly $180 million.


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