HSI seizes 9 ancient Korean artifacts in Southern California

20 Nov 2013 5:38 PM | Anonymous

HSI seizes 9 ancient Korean artifacts in Southern California

HSI seizes 9 ancient Korean artifacts in Southern California

SEOUL U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized nine seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty Monday in San Diego. The cultural artifacts were turned over to HSI special agents by the family of a deceased Marine lieutenant, who had served in the Korean War. The lieutenant had found the seals in 1950 in a ditch near the Deoksugung Palace, which had just been ransacked by Chinese and North Korean soldiers.

The seizure is part of a joint investigation by HSI Seoul and San Diego with the assistance of the South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) and the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) in Seoul.

The nine seals include three national seals of the Korean Empire, one royal seal of the Korean Empire and five signets of the Joseon Royal Court of the Joseon Dynasty. The Korean Empire (1897-1910) succeeded the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 

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