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Tracking Stolen Art

A new edition of Looting in Angkor: One Hundred Missing Objects has been

published by UNESCO. With text written in collaboration with the Ecole francaise

d'Extreme-Orient, interfaced by photos, the publication documents the massive

plunder of Khmer art that has taken place in recent decades, especially the

dozens of pieces that have been stolen from Conservation d'Angkor's wharehouse

in Siem Reap. Originally published in 1993, the new edition also documents

efforts by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to locate and return

Khmer artifacts to Cambodia. Six missing pieces of Khmer art have been

identified, four of which are expected to be returned. The publication is

intended for wide distribution in an effort to locate additional Khmer

sculptures that have disappeared.



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