|Photo: Duryodhana, 10th century statue from Cambodia|
Wednesday 20 June 2012
ABC Radio National (Australia)
"[Sotheby's] argument, well, can't stand on it's own two feet! Why? Because the feet are in Cambodia."
You've no doubt heard of the term blood diamond, but what about blood antiquities? In the 1970s many artefacts from Cambodia's ancient Hindu temples were plundered during the Vietnam War and the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were taken out of the country and many landed in private collections as well as museums and auction houses. Now the Cambodian government is seeking repatriation of their cultural heritage and is taking legal action to get them back. Tomorrow in the US, a court case is being heard over a 10th century Hindu statue that was to be auctioned by Sotheby's.
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