A total of 85 pieces of Khmer artefacts from prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods have been voluntarily returned from Dr. Fumiko Takakuwa, a Japanese national, to the Government and people of Cambodia.
The handover and receiving ceremony was held at the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh this morning, under the presidency of H.E. Prak Sonnara, Cambodian Secretary of State for Culture and Fine Arts.
The returned artefacts include statues of deities in Hinduism and Buddhism, jewellry, decorative items, ceramic items, and so on.
At any time, the return of Khmer artefacts to Cambodia is considered as the return of Khmer ancestors' souls, underlined H.E. Ms. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in a press release.
The voluntary handover of these artefacts to their country of origin reflects the appreciation of cultural heritage of humanity and better code of conduct of collectors, she continued.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has called upon all individuals, museums, companies and institutions around the world who are exhibiting and keeping Khmer artefacts to cooperate with the Royal Government of Cambodia to voluntarily return them to their country of origin.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press