Cambodia celebrates return of ‘priceless’ stolen Angkor jewelery

The tradition ministry final month discretely acquired 77 items from the household of the late, disgraced British artwork vendor Douglas Latchford.

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

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

When he died in 2020, Latchford was awaiting a trial in the US for artwork trafficking, and the identical yr his household agreed to return the antiquities to Cambodia.

The household returned 5 stone and bronze artifacts in 2021.

1000’s of antiques and artifacts had been stolen from Cambodia through the battle and genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime within the Nineteen Seventies.

Final yr, the US returned 30 looted objects, 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.