Cambodian delegation in UK to search for stolen treasures

A Cambodian delegation is in London today to research whether or not the United Kingdom is harbouring any cultural treasures stolen from Khmer sacred temples.
Earlier this yr Cambodia despatched an inventory of missing artefacts to the British Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The Southeast Asian nation believes a selection of treasured objects have been stolen by a British art supplier, Douglas Latchford, in the course of the country’s civil war when it was underneath the murderous Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 to 1979. Cambodia wants them again.

The Victoria & Albert Museum opened its doorways to archaeologists and officials from Cambodia today and next week the delegation visits the British Museum hoping to recuperate antiquities it says had been stolen from its temples throughout years of conflict.
Lawyer Brad Gordon, representing the Cambodian Ministry of Culture, said…
“The challenge for us is that we have been doing our research from an extended distance, simply taking a look at what’s publicly available on the museums’ web sites. For instance, we are not in a position to see the objects from different angles.”
Victoria & Albert Museum announced it welcomes the visit adding they’re interested to see if the visit sheds any new light on the objects they’ve.
Gordon added…
“This was a time of conflict. The complete world knew it. Large museums just like the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert shouldn’t have accepted these pieces.”
Earlier this yr, Cambodian Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona appealed to the UK authorities for assist. Cash mentioned many essential cultural treasures had been stolen from sacred temples and “wrongfully ended up” in warehouses and institutions, together with London’s two largest museums.
The Cambodians believe the ancient statues maintain the souls of their ancestors.
A Cambodian investigation managed to trace down former looters and hint delivery and gross sales records. The investigation revealed that most of the stolen items handed through the hands of Latchford, who died in 2020.
Following Latchford’s death, his daughter, Nawapan Kriangsak, said in 2021 that she would return one hundred twenty five works from his assortment valued at US$50 million. They are anticipated to function in the nation’s new museum that might be built in Phnom Penh.
The British Museum is believed to have about one hundred Cambodian items while Victoria and Albert is house to about 50 objects.
Soklida Tek, a researcher with the Cambodian delegation can’t wait to see what the museums are keeping.
“I need to perceive why the museums are hiding our ancestors, removed from their houses.”

SOURCE: BBC Art News

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