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The art of Cambodia

The great Hindu monuments of Cambodia have long been targets of looting and trafficking.

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The Looting of Cambodian Antiquities
The Looting of Cambodian Antiquities

In the 1970s, thieves defaced the temples at Koh Ker. Numerous stone figures lost their feet—and their meaning.

The Scourge of Looting: Trafficking Antiquities, from Temple to Museum
The Scourge of Looting: Trafficking Antiquities, from Temple to Museum

When conflict erupts in an archaeologically rich country, illegal antiquities flood the market. What can be done?

Sotheby’s Returns Looted 10th Century Statue to Cambodia
Sotheby’s Returns Looted 10th Century Statue to Cambodia

What happens when an auction house knowingly lists looted art? Government intervention and a lawsuit halt the sale.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

This temple remains the largest religious monument in the world. Once a Hindu shrine, it is now used by Buddhists.

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