Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cambodia Welcomes Home Stolen 10th Century Statue of Hindu God

By Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press
A 10th century Cambodian sandstone statue is placed inside the Council Ministry during a ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. 
CAMBODIA---Cambodia welcomed home a 10th century stone statue of a Hindu god that was looted from a temple during the country's civil war and spent the past three decades at an American museum. The sculpture of monkey god Hanuman was formally handed over Tuesday at a ceremony in Phnom Penh attended by government officials and the director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, which acquired the sculpture in 1982. The statue was stolen from the Prasat Chen Temple in the Koh Ker temple complex in Siem Reap province, which is also home to the famed Angkor Wat temples, said Sok An, adding that it was shipped to Europe and then the U.S. [link]