More than 100 Khmer statues “stolen” from temples and sacred sites in Cambodia are believed to be sitting in three of Australia’s most prestigious galleries, as well as smaller museums and private collections around the country.
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That is the conclusion of a delegation of Cambodian cultural heritage experts that has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to Australia.
The team met with curators from five museums with Khmer antiquities in their collections, including the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW).