Sunday, March 4, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
"[L]awyers working with Cambodia plan to announce the rediscovery of a 1925 French colonial law declaring all antiquities from Cambodia's multitude of temples to be 'part of the national domain' and 'the exclusive property of the state.'"
– Front-page New York Times story recounting Cambodia's efforts to secure return of a millennium-old footless statue now in Sotheby's New York warehouse – while its feet and pedestal remain at a site northeast of Angkor Wat, the ancient temple depicted on Cambodia's flag. (image credit) The art dealer pulled the statue from an auction list last year, and as reporters Tom Mashberg and Ralph Blumenthal explained in Wednesday's article, the statue's fate remains uncertain. Invocation of the law mentioned in the quote above is the newest turn of events; it was unearthed by Tess Davis (right), a Georgia Law graduate who worked in Cambodia for many years and is now Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, as well as an Editor of the Cultural Heritage & Arts Review published by the American Society of International Law.

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