|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Thursday, May 23, 2019
|Looted Angkor jewellery returned to Cambodia|
Cambodian employees carry a set of returned Angkorian-era gold jewellery on display during a procession to the National Museum upon its arrival in Phnom Penh on December 2, 2017. A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewellery was returned to Cambodia on December 2 with an elaborate procession through the capital, decades after the precious pieces were looted from a famed jungle temple during the kingdom's civil war. TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP.
PHNOM PENH.- A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewellery was returned to Cambodia Saturday with an elaborate procession through the capital, decades after the precious pieces were looted from a famed jungle temple.
The 10-piece set, which includes a crown, earrings, armbands and a chest ornament, was stolen from Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple during the kingdom's civil war in the 1970s and was discovered in the online catalogue of a London art dealer last year.
The items are thought to date back to the Khmer Empire, a once-mighty dynasty that sprawled much of modern-day Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos between the ninth and 15th centuries.
After the pieces turned up in Britain, the Cambodian government lobbied for their return and with the help of specialists spent more than a year inspecting the items to make sure they were genuine.
Officials proudly welcomed the jewellery back to the country Saturday as the items were accompanied from the airport by hundreds of people and flanked by security guards.
"This is a successful mission of all Cambodians, including diplomats and people who love the arts and antiques. Everyone is happy," Chuch Phoeun, secretary of state at Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, told AFP.
He said they are believed to have been pillaged during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, though the exact date is not known.
London's Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer Asian Art dealership agreed in April to return the jewellery, which was proudly displayed behind protective glass Saturday and will now be appraised by experts in Cambodia.
The pieces will soon be designated as national heritage items, and will join scores of stolen artefacts that have made their way back to the country in recent years -- many that had been on display in western museums or for sale by dealers.
The Hindu-Buddhist Khmer Empire built what were then some of the world's mightiest cities and temples, including the famous Angkor Wat complex.
But decades of French colonialism and civil war saw vast swathes of Cambodia's architectural and religious heritage looted and sold overseas.
Last year, an American museum sent a 10th-century sandstone sculpture of the Hindu god Rama, still missing its head, arms and feet, back to Cambodia after it was stolen in the 1970s.
In 2015 a statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman which had been looted from the same temple as the Rama torso was returned by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Two other 10th-century Khmer-era statues known as the "Kneeling Attendants", which had also been taken from the same temple complex, were returned from the United States in 2013.
On Saturday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Many said it was an honour to have the jewellery back on home soil.
"As a Cambodian, I am so proud to be part of this process to bring our ancestors heritage back home," Many, a lawmaker who helped to secure its return, told AFP.
© Agence France-Presse
December 3, 2017
Two Gustav Klimt masterpieces on loan to the National Gallery of Canada
Van Abbemuseum opens the first comprehensive survey of Rasheed Araeen's work
Helmut Newton Foundation opens exhibition of works by Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, and Angelo Marino
Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon opens "Los Modernos. Dialogues France/Mexico"
Glenstone Museum announces late 2018 expansion opening
Looted Angkor jewellery returned to Cambodia
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac exhibits a new series of paintings by Alex Katz
Exhibition presents a compelling and nuanced portrait of the unprecedented changes unfolding in Mecca
Anita Rogers Gallery presents a selection of drawings and paintings by British painter Jack Martin Rogers
Exhibiion explores the lives and work of a number of women from the early history of psychoanalysis
Andrew Edlin Gallery presents exhibitions by Vahakn Arslanian and a new project, Et Tu, Art Brute?
Albertz Benda opens a solo exhibition of works by artist TR Ericsson
Almine Rech Gallery opens exhibition of works by Ryoji Ikeda
Museum de Fundatie exhibits photos taken by Humberto Tan during his visit to refugee camps
Raha Raissnia creates two series of charcoal drawings for exhibition at the Drawing Center
The Danysz Gallery opens Abdul Rahman Katanani's first monographic exhibition in France
New Museum with creative agency Droga5 launches "New Museum LIVE"
Brad Delp's concert grand piano and memorabilia to be auctioned
Historic animation birthday milestones lead Heritage Auctions' 1,000-lot Vintage Animation Art Sale
Schmell Part II realizes $1.4+ million at $8.75 million Heritage Comics & Comic Art Auction
Live online sale offers intriguing selection, including fossils, historical nautical items, etchings & more
Famous Donegal artist's paintings up for auction
Exhibition of works by the British artist Rose Finn-Kelcey opens at Firstsite
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Christie's to highlight several private collections in Jewellery sale
2.- Mystery of 'Salvator Mundi', the world's most costly painting
3.- High prices and world records achieved at Old Masters auction
4.- Newly identified Leonardo portrait on show in London
5.- Rare Edouard Cortes painting appears at Rehs Galleries after 114 years
6.- Understanding Jewellery: The definitive jewellery app
7.- Academy Art Museum offers only East Coast Richard Diebenkorn exhibition
8.- Egypt uncovers Old Kingdom cemetery containing colourful wooden coffins
9.- Garry Winogrand: Color is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist's rarely seen color photographs
10.- Sotheby's welcomes visitors to their newly-expanded & reimagined galleries
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.