Mythic Warrior Is Captive in Global Legal Conflict

Author: Susan Good


Cambodia has asked the United States government for help in recovering a thousand-year-old statue of a mythic warrior that sits at Sotheby’s in New York.

The quiet tussle over the relic reveals the swampy terrain of auctioning antiquities. Sellers with a good-faith belief in their ownership rights enter a landscape in which ethics and regulations are evolving, governments are increasingly assertive, and lawyers versed in arcane statutes are as necessary as jungle guides.

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