Cambodia celebrates return of ‘priceless’ stolen Angkor jewelery

PHNOM PENH – Cambodian chief Hun Sen unveiled a group of stolen Angkor crown jewelery on Friday which was lately returned to the dominion after a long time in Britain.

Gold crowns, necklaces and amulets had been among the many trove of treasures from the Angkor interval, which ran from the ninth to 14th centuries AD when the Khmer empire dominated huge components of South-east Asia.

The Cambodian tradition ministry characterised the gadgets as “priceless cultural heritage”.

They’re anticipated to go on show on the nationwide museum.

“I attraction to museums, establishments and Khmer artefact collectors to proceed to return these gadgets voluntarily to Cambodia,” Mr Hun Sen stated on the ceremony.

“Heritage gadgets ought to be returned to their nation of origin.”

The tradition ministry in February discretely obtained 77 items from the household of the late, disgraced British artwork supplier, Douglas Latchford.

Two tenth century sculptures lately returned by the US had been additionally displayed on Friday.

Mr Dominic Williams, the British ambassador to Cambodia, tweeted that it was an “extraordinary privilege to see these beforehand stolen artifacts displayed of their ancestral residence”.

When he died in 2020, Latchford was awaiting a trial within the US for artwork trafficking. That yr, his household agreed to return the antiquities to Cambodia. They returned 5 stone and bronze artifacts in 2021.

1000’s of antiques and artifacts had been stolen from Cambodia in the course of the Khmer Rouge regime within the Seventies.

In 2022, the US returned 30 looted gadgets, together with bronze and stone statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities that had been carved greater than 1,000 years in the past.

The Cambodian authorities has been negotiating with different nations, together with the US, and personal collectors to return extra Khmer artifacts to the dominion. AFP