French Museum returns looted statue head to national museum in Phnom Penh
A French museum has returned the head of a statue of a Hindu god that was taken from a Cambodian temple 130 years ago, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday.
"The head and the body of the statue had been separated for 130 years," Noraksathya told AFP.
"When the head is reattached to its body, it is like we are reconnecting the soul of our national heritage."
|National Museum workers reunite the head of a statue of Harihara with itsbody at a ceremony yesterday |
[Credit: Hong Menea]
Cambodia is hunting down its lost artworks and statues in a bit to retrieve valued historical artefacts.
Museums in the United States have returned several ancient statues in recent years, following negotiations and some legal battles.
|The reunification was carried out with a lavish ceremonyin Phnom Penh |
The full statue could also be taken for display in France in the future, he said, where there are still a number of other pieces of ancient Cambodian artwork.
Source: AFP [January 22, 2016]