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Jun 04, 2014

Sciaroni & Associates Congratulates the Royal Government of Cambodia on its Victory in the Return of Three Statues to Cambodia

Phnom Penh, June 3, 2014 - Following their absence from their homeland for more than 40 years,  the three statues of the Duryodhana, Bhima and Balarama originating from the Prasat Chen temple of Koh Ker where they were carved in the reign of Jayavarman IV in the 10th century were welcomed home in an official ceremony on Tuesday at the Council of Ministers.

Duryodhana Handover Ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and Bretton G. Sciaroni

His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sok An (left) greets Bretton G Sciaroni (center) and Jeff Daigle, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy (right).

Duryodhana Statue Comes Home

At the Handover Ceremony, H.E. Dr. Sok An welcomed these “three heroes back to our homeland where they belong as a result of the successful efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia working in partnership with the government of the United States of America together with UNESCO, the École Française d’Éxtrême-Orient (EFEO) and other experts.”
His Excellency emphasized that “the return of these statues from abroad could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of our Cambodian teams – H.E.  Mr. Chan Tani from the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Hab Touch from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, APSARA National Authority, the team of conservators from the National Museum, and the legal team led by Mr. Bretton Sciaroni for all their support.”
"The wealth and diversity of Khmer culture, epitomized by the world famous temples of Angkor Wat  and Preah Vihear, has captured the imagination of all who have witnessed them firsthand. In particular, the sculptures created by the Khmer are some of the major masterpieces of the world, especially those done during the Koh Ker period. Thus, to have played a small part in the return of the historic Duryodhana sculpture to the Cambodian people was a great pleasure for all of our team at Sciaroni & Associates,” said Mr. Sciaroni, Senior Partner.
In closing, H.E. Dr. Sok An appealed to other museums and art collectors around the world ‘’to follow the example of returning plundered treasures to their rightful owners as part of the worldwide campaign for the protection of cultural heritage.’’
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Sciaroni & Associates is a leading professional and investment advisory firm doing business in Southeast Asia since 1993. Based in Cambodia with legal offices in Laos and Myanmar, we provide experienced advice and business insights to many of the world’s leading companies, governments, economic think tanks, global development funds, international NGOs and the Royal Government of Cambodia in accordance with strict international standards.
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