Major artifact smuggling attempt foiled in Sri Lanka

Published on May 28th, 2009 | by Admin


An attempt to smuggle a collection of priceless artifacts to the US has been thwarted in Sri Lanka.

Director General Archaeological Department Dr. Senarath Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that out of the 74 items recovered 48 were antiques belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries.

He said that the age of these items consisting of seated and standing Buddha statues, Parwathi and Saraswathie statues, three stupas and two salambas which are made out of copper and bronze, are decided according to the style of the art prevailing during the said era.

According to Dr. Dissanayake the circulation, sale and possession of antiques and artefacts is not illegal within the country but it is a punishable crime if they are to be smuggled out of the country.

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