The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 26, 2015


United States government to return ancient statue "Duryodhana bondissant" to Cambodia
Sok An, Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister, speaks during a ceremony held to commemorate the return of the Duryodhana (R, in photograph), a 10th Century sandstone sculpture, to Cambodia May 7, 2014 at the US Attorney's office in New York. Sok An is pointing to a rendition done by the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) of a temple called Prasat Chen where the sculpture was looted from. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.
NEW YORK (AFP).- An ancient statue of a warrior stolen in 1972 and which almost went on the auction block three years ago will be returned to Cambodia, US authorities said Wednesday.

The 10th-century sandstone "Duryodhana bondissant" was stolen from the Prasat Chen temple at Koh Ker in Cambodia and first sold at auction in London in 1975.

It was supposed to have come back on the auction block at Sotheby's in New York in March 2011 but the sale was stopped after Cambodian authorities made an appeal through UNESCO.

The Koh Ker site is significant from a religious, historical, and artistic perspective, and the Duryodhana is considered a piece of extraordinary value to the Cambodian people and part of their cultural heritage.

At a ceremony with Sok An, a Cambodian deputy prime minister, District Attorney Preet Bharara hailed the happy ending and return to Cambodia of "a priceless piece of art, a priceless part of Cambodia's unique cultural history."

"After almost two years of litigation the (private) sellers have agreed to return it to where it belongs, the Kingdom of Cambodia," he added.

The statue, 1.58 meters (five feet) tall and weighing almost 110 kilos (242 pounds), was part of a group of two fighters. The second statue, "Bhima," was bought in 1976 by the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.

After months of discussions, the US museum also agreed to return its statue to Cambodia, according to Sok An.

"Duryodhana's" homecoming is expected in June, officials said, and it is hoped that "Bhima" will follow around the same time.


© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

May 9, 2014

One of 39 "Hitler albums" of looted Nazi art given to the National Archives in Washington

Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Milan to feature important works by Lucio Fontana

United States government to return ancient statue "Duryodhana bondissant" to Cambodia

Bern Museum of Fine Arts to inspect inherited Nazi-era art hoard owned by Cornelius Gurlitt

Skarstedt opens Chelsea gallery adding to its two existing locations in New York and London

Oxford University scientists: Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving

For third consecutive year, Frieze New York returns to Randall's Island Park, Manhattan

"Cage and Kaino: Pieces and Performances" opens at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Canal Zone: Gagosian exhibits several of Richard Prince's transformative works

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opens "Jesús Rafael Soto: The Houston Penetrable"

Steve McQueen's 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 takes center stage at RM's flagship Monterey sale

Marlborough Fine Art London appoints Alexander Platon to lead on the Secondary Market

"The other side of the medal: How Germany saw the First World War" opens at the British Museum

Rare slot machine pays $90K jackpot at Morphy's Advertising & Coin Op Auction

Nationalmuseum in Sweden acquires a crayon study by Georges Seurat

Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong opens solo exhibition of work by Lam Tung-Pang

Six new intricate paintings by Ben Johnson on view at the Alan Cristea Gallery

Bonhams presents historic WWII artifacts to honor 70th anniversary of D-Day

Two pairs of Lalanne armchairs bring $478,000 in 20th & 21st Century Design Auction at Heritage

Art Libraries Society of North America awards prize to Josef Albers app for iPad

Exhibition at Edwynn Houk Gallery explores appropriation in contemporary photography

From pistons to Picasso: A new Brussels art house

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old skeletons in an ancient village in northern India

2.- Exhibition at the Louvre museum offers rare glimpse of the ancient Thracian culture

3.- Most Britons ignorant over Battle of Waterloo: National Army Museum poll

4.- Sotheby's to offer the historic collection of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe

5.- Van Gogh and Rothko: Two masterpieces of modern art unveiled at Sotheby's London

6.- Recently discovered self-portrait headlines 'Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty' at MFA Boston

7.- Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, world's top-earning model, makes teary last catwalk turn

8.- Le Corbusier legacy threatened by revelations in new books that architect was 'fascist'

9.- Groundbreaking photographs of India's Sidi community go on show in the UK for the first time

10.- William and Kate: royal parents with a modern image



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, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site