How statues looted from a Cambodian field wound up in the National Gallery of Australia

“The Falcon” set a cracking pace across a dusty field in Tboung Khmum, in the east of Cambodia, before stopping and pointing to the dirt at his feet.


“That’s the place,” he said, wiping the sweat from his brow in the sweltering heat.

On this spot nearly 30 years ago he dug up a rare, gilded bronze Buddhist statue believed to have once belonged to an ancient king.

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