A set of ancient gold jewelries including a head cover, a pair of pectoral ear pendants, a pair of earrings, a necklace, a pair of armbands, one belt, and one chest band stolen from Cambodia decades ago was finally returned home from the United Kingdom late last week.
These Angkorean jewelry items are believed to have once adorned a statue at Angkor Wat, and have been looted during the war time, according to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts' press release.
They were returned after more than a yearlong negotiation between the Royal Government of Cambodia's officials and artifact dealers.
The return clearly reflects the Royal Government of Cambodia's successful efforts in protecting national heritage.
Cambodia has so far received hundreds of returned artifacts from the U.S., France, Thailand, Australia, Switzerland, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Japan, UK, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Canada and Taiwan.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press