Cambodia Says It Has Recovered Looted Gold Jewelry Once Worn by Royals

The 77 items had been in the collection of Douglas A.J. Latchford, accused of trafficking in looted antiquities, and were returned under an agreement with his estate.

Some were jewel-encrusted diadems worn by Angkor royalty as far back as the 9th century. Other items were also treasured legacies of Cambodia’s past: belts and necklaces woven from fine gold filaments, or body ornaments shaped into rosettes and scrolling vines.

All were part of a hoard of 77 gold relics that Cambodian officials believe were looted by tomb raiders and whose return was celebrated Monday in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Each of the items came from the collection of Douglas A.J. Latchford, a dealer and scholar of ancient Cambodian art who was accused late in his life of having been an antiquities trafficking kingpin.

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