Khmer Durdoyhana statue to be returned to Cambodia


2015-06-26 13:34:38


Khmer Durdoyhana statue to be returned to Cambodia

The sale of a Khmer Durdoyhana statue was halted after it was revealed to have been stolen

An important Khmer Durdoyhana statue is to be returned to Cambodia by Sotheby's following a complaint lodged by theCambodian government.

The Durdoyhana, as the sandstone statue is known,is believed tohave been takenfrom the temple of Prasat Chen in the north of the country, formerly known as Khmer.

The 10th century AD statue is worth around $3m and was due to be auctioned as part of Asia Week New York in 2011, but Sotheby's called off the sale after beingcontacted by UNESCO.

Khmer statue Shiva SothebysThe Khmer statue is similar to this example, which represents Shiva

Two other Khmer statues, which had stood in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art since the 1990s, were returned to Cambodia in June.

The decision comes on the heels of the purchase of a number of Hopi artefacts by a charitable organisation in Paris, which returned them to the tribe, after a UNESCO plea to the auction house was ignored.

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