Cambodian Ambassador: Looted Artworks Are ‘Souls’ of Culture

Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States said that the transfer of 30 antiquities by U.S. law enforcement authorities to his country was a return of the “souls of our culture.”

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Some of the Cambodian antiquities recovered by the United States Attorney's Office are displayed during a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Officials were announcing the repatriation of 30 antiquities to Cambodia that had been illegally trafficked. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States said Monday that the transfer of 30 antiquities by U.S. law enforcement authorities to his country was a return of the “souls of our culture.” Ambassador Keo Chhea spoke at a ceremony where a 10th century sculpture, “Skanda on a Peacock,” was among several works of art displayed as U.S. and Cambodian officials described the impact the return of 30 antiquities would have on the…

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