11 July 2024

Two ancient Khmer ornate stone lintels, on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which were smuggled out of Thailand about five decades ago, are expected to be returned to Thailand in March.

A statement from the North California attorney’s office, issued yesterday (local time), quoted David L. Anderson, a special investigator for the US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), acting as an attorney in a lawsuit against the Asian Art Museum, as saying that it had been resolved that the lintels will be returned to Thailand after it was proven that they were stolen from the country.

The two 11th century stone lintels used to be installed at Prasat Nong Hong in Buri Ram province and at Prasat Khao Loan in Sa Kaew province.