1,200-year-old artefacts recovered

THE reappearance of two lost Chinese ancient treasures – sculptures of the Buddha's and Bodhisattva’s heads – which are being displayed in the art gallery of the Beijing Hotel, have attracted many visitors since Saturday.  

The heads, with a history of at least 1,200 years, originally stood in the Longmen Grotto of Central China's Henan Province, which is on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage List.  

NATIONAL TREASURE: A woman embracing the ancient Buddha sculpture during the exhibition in Beijing.--APpic.

The heads, reportedly stolen and transported to foreign countries at the beginning of the1990s, are currently owned by anonymous US and Hong Kong collectors.  

Fourteen other previously lost treasures are also on display at the exhibition organised by the art gallery of Beijing Hotel and China Foundation for Development of Folklore Culture.  

Yasuyki Aoshima, Beijing Unesco representative, encouraged the Chinese people to step up their efforts to return the lost relics.  

There are currently almost a million ancient Chinese artefacts on display in more than 200 overseas museums. – China Daily  

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