Since the colonial era, thousands of priceless artefacts have been looted from countries across Asia. Most are kept behind glass or on pedestals in some of the world’s most prestigious museums and art collections.
Across Asia, a movement is growing. A new generation of activists, archaeologists, and social media sleuths are working to get priceless stolen artefacts back. They are gathering first-hand testimonies from looters, with photographic and forensic evidence to prove from when and where they were stolen. Others are putting political pressure on museums using social media to name and shame them and demand the return of the looted statues.