A Japanese woman has returned 18 rare and ancient Buddha statues to Thailand, after they were purchased by her late father-in-law and taken to Japan for decades,, the Fine Arts Department revealed on Tuesday.
Toshiko Urushima earlier had contacted Thai Embassy in Tokyo and notified authorities of her intention to give the Buddha statues to Thailand. The Tokyo native said her late father-in-law bought the statues from an antique store in Thailand, and because her husband also has died, she wanted to returm them to the kingdom.
Sahawat Nanna, director-general of the Fine Arts Department, said experts had examined the sculptures and confirmed that they are genuine. They date to the early Rattanakosin period, obvious because they have a distinct style well known during the period from King Rama III and King Rama V (1824-1910).
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