Japan’s Angkor art: Booty or fair exchange?

eliarjAsia Times
Ricardo Elia, College of Arts & Sciences

Museum authorities in Tokyo doubtless took note this month of an agreement by the Sotheby’s auction house in New York on December 16 to return to Cambodia a 10th century Khmer statue, known as the Duryodhana, said to have been looted in the 1970s during Cambodia’s civil war…

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“My impression is that the French school is not very eager to have this story come out. You have to remember this was not a complete military occupation by the Japanese. The French were collaborators with the Japanese … The French were desperate to retain that colony, so they made the deal with the Japanese.”

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