Thailand’s Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome recently acquired an antique gold crown from the United States, which was part of a Buddha statue believed to be around 500 years old.
The crown was created from 95% pure gold in the Lanna art form to decorate a stone-carved Buddha statue, which was a popular religious offering at the time. The crown weighs approximately 42.6 grams.
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The ancient crown is currently being studied by the Fine Arts Department of the Bangkok National Museum before being displayed in the future, according to the minister.
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After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security uncovered bronze sculptures from the Prakon Chai archaeological site in Thailand’s northeast region of Buri Ram, Itthiphol believes other valuable artifacts could return home. They are on display at the Denver Art Museum right now.
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The two Khmer lintels repatriated from the United States will be displayed at Prasat Sadok Kok Thom Historical Park in Sa Kaeo Province and Phnom Rung Historical Park at information centers in Buri Ram Province.
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