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Hindu Warrior Statue Will Return to Cambodia

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cambodia-Warrior-StatuePHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—According to an agreement signed yesterday, the Duryodhana, a statue determined to have been looted from the Koh Ker temple complex in the 1970s, will return to Cambodia. The tenth-century Khmer statue had been consigned to Sotheby’s New York auction house in 2011, when the Cambodian government asked that it be returned as stolen property. “The agreement confirms that Sotheby’s and its client acted properly at all times,” said Andrew Gully, a spokesperson for Sotheby’s. Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, added that “The United States is not a market for antiquities stolen from other nations, and we will continue to track down and return any that are brought here illegally.”