Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States said Monday that the transfer of 30 antiquities by U.S. law enforcement authorities to his country was a return of the “souls of our culture.”
Ambassador Keo Chhea spoke at a ceremony where a 10th century sculpture, “Skanda on a Peacock,” was among several works of art displayed as U.S. and Cambodian officials described the impact the return of 30 antiquities would have on the Southeast Asian nation.
“It’s like a returning of the souls of our culture back to our people,” Chhea said. “We’re very grateful.”
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