“These objects are not just decorations, but have spirits and are considered as lives,” “[w]ithout the soul, like the human body, we are just dead… [i]t is hard to quantify their loss to our temples and country—losing them was like losing the spirits of our ancestors.” These words from the Cambodian people reveal the significance of the bronze, sandstone, copper and gold statues that were torn from their ancient Khmer temples and purloined for display in various exhibits around the world.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on January 29, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Kayum, Salisha, "Artifact-Checking: FinCEN Could Be on the Verge of Ending Artifact Appropriation" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 15.