Met returns 'looted' statues to Cambodia

02 Jul 2013 7:52 AM | Anonymous

Met returns 'looted' statues to Cambodia

They were displayed for two decades at New York's Met Museum. Now two 10th-century statues have been repatriated to Cambodia, thus underlining the challenges for institutions possessing allegedly looted art work.

As delegates prepped their arrival for the annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Phnom Penh, two 10th-century statues from the Koh Ker temple complex northeast of Angkor disembarked at the capital's international airport on June 11.

On May 3, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ("the Met") had announced that the "Kneeling Attendants" - also called Pandavas - would be returned to the Kingdom of Cambodia after almost 20 years on display in the Met's Asian Wing. The museum received the statues at various stages during the late 1980s and 1990s.

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