An ongoing fight between the Cambodian government and Sotheby’s auction house in New York, took a new turn recently when Cambodia asked the United States government for help in recovering a statue of a mythic warrior that is 1,000 years old according to an article in The New York Times.
The statue, which has an auction price of $2-$3 million was pulled from the auction floor last March until the situation could be resolved. Cambodian government officials along with some experts believe the statue was stolen. Sotheby’s feels there is not substantial proof to determine that it was.
The article states the statue stands about 5 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds and was severed at the ankles. A private collector acquired the statue in 1975.
The statue is said to be part of a pair and resembles an athletic combatant in intricate headdress from the mid 900s in a battle-ready stance and came from one of the Koh Ker templs. Cambodia’s urgency for the statues return came when the pedestal and feet were found recently.
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