1 December 2022: “A Met spokesperson declined to answer questions from The Post, including whether U.S. investigators had been in touch with museum officials about the Prakhon Chai pieces.
None of the museums contacted for this story — aside from the Denver Art Museum — said they had been in touch with American or Thai authorities.
An Asian Art Museum spokesman said three of the museum’s four pieces on Thailand’s repatriation list had been purchased from Spink and added to the museum’s collection in the mid-1960s. The Asia Society acquired one piece from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection.
None of the Prakohn Chai statues, however, are in Thailand’s museums. And that’s what motivates Hanwong and others to push for their return.
Last year, with the help of American authorities, the country retrieved two 1,000-year-old sandstone lintels from the Asian Art Museum that had been stolen a half-century ago. One is now prominently displayed in a gallery next to the Phanom Rung temple in northeast Thailand.” – The Denver Post