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Chinese anger after terracotta warrior's thumb stolen in US
CNN ^ | 02/20/18 | Ellie Kaufman and Ben Westcott

Posted on 02/20/2018 1:40:25 AM PST by Simon Green

Chinese authorities are livid over the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on loan to a US museum, calling for the perpetrator to be "severely" punished.

The ancient statue is valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage." It was on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute when the vandalism took place.

"We call on the United States to severely punish those who have done [this]," Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relic Exchange Center's director told the Beijing Youth Daily, a state-run Chinese newspaper.

The warrior statues date back to 209 B.C., when the Qin Dynasty ruled China. The life-size statues were constructed to guard the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Now a UN world heritage site, they were discovered by a Chinese farmer in 1974 in Shaanxi province, according to the Franklin Institute's exhibit page.

Delaware-resident Michael Rohana was arrested last week, US officials said, accused of stealing the thumb in December during an ugly sweater party hosted by the museum.

During the event, Rohana and a few of his friends entered the closed off terracotta warrior exhibit, and after his friends left, Rohana took a selfie with one of the statues, according to surveillance footage and court documents.

He then put his hand on the left hand of one of the warriors and snapped something off, the documents said. Rohana pocketed the warrior's thumb and took it home with him to Delaware that evening.

A museum worker discovered the missing thumb on January 8, and the FBI Art Crime Unit began to investigate. Surveillance video helped lead the FBI to both the thumb and their suspect, Rohana.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: china; delaware; franklininstitute; michaelrohana; pennsylvania; philadelphia; statue; terracotta; thief; vandal
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Throw the book at him.
1 posted on 02/20/2018 1:40:25 AM PST by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

Statue desecration is portrayed by the media as worthy of person of the year nomination. It was an act of civil disobedience, therefore, to be celebrated, not punished.


2 posted on 02/20/2018 1:46:10 AM PST by momincombatboots (No Wall, No Way 2018.)
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To: Simon Green

Communist China, get out of the NOT South ‘China’ Sea.
kma; then we’ll talk.


3 posted on 02/20/2018 1:46:28 AM PST by A strike (Academia is almost as racist as Madison Avenue)
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To: Simon Green

Well yes, and no.

How about China becomes as worried about American intellectual rights, trademark rights, and such.

They we will be more concerned with the rights of old pieces of stone.

Just saying. Sure it is bad. But so it the huge amount of intellectual property rights China has been violating, for the entire last thirty years.


4 posted on 02/20/2018 1:46:58 AM PST by cba123 ( Toi la nguoi My. Toi bay gio o Viet Nam.)
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To: Simon Green

The THUGS went into a CLOSED IFF SECTION!!! They ALL need to be arrested!!


5 posted on 02/20/2018 1:53:03 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Simon Green
"Chinese authorities are livid over the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on loan to a US museum, calling for the perpetrator to be "severely" punished. "

What was the Chinese attitude toward the destruction of antiquities by ISIS?
6 posted on 02/20/2018 1:55:16 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: cba123

Bingo


7 posted on 02/20/2018 1:57:07 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Simon Green

Cut his thumb off and call it even.


8 posted on 02/20/2018 2:01:26 AM PST by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: cba123

but there’s so much money to be made the SOB tech companies stayed but they did “protest”


9 posted on 02/20/2018 2:04:05 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know saying Syrian rebels in anost back in Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: Simon Green

My family went to see the exhibit in Seattle. It is pretty amazing - awe inspiring. It is surprising that the exhibits are RIGHT THERE - but of course with a little rope and numerous attendants so people don’t touch them. Even the younger kids there had an inkling of how neat it was, and were respectful.

I guess the punk thought he was pretty cool though.


10 posted on 02/20/2018 2:07:54 AM PST by 21twelve
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And that is why we can not have nice things. /s


11 posted on 02/20/2018 2:10:16 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (US out of the UN, UN out of the US)
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Boy oh boy the FBI were all over this heinous crime and threat to humanity.

Send the thumb back with instructions on where to put it.

12 posted on 02/20/2018 2:19:02 AM PST by jimbug
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China needs reminded that Chinese “Civil War” veteran statues are racists and liable for destruction in America


13 posted on 02/20/2018 2:25:48 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucifiedc)
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To: cba123

Notheithsatanding Chinese trolls have been in Taiwan defacing Taiwanese symbols and probably are behind the Civil War Southern statues desecrations.


14 posted on 02/20/2018 2:27:17 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucifiedc)
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To: Simon Green

If the condition were perfect, this would be worth 4.5 million.

Now, note you are missing a thumb. That brings the value down to about $10. I’ll give you $8.

//sarc

In all seriousness, what a stupid thing to do to someone else’s property.


15 posted on 02/20/2018 2:29:34 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Burn. It. Down.)
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To: clearcarbon

They lent it to the museum expecting it to be preserved. I think they are well within their rights to be pissed.


16 posted on 02/20/2018 2:30:53 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Burn. It. Down.)
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Ferals........


17 posted on 02/20/2018 2:34:27 AM PST by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Simon Green
There are literally tens of thousands of these statues... why is this one worth $4.5 million?

I despise the destruction or desecration of ancient artifacts, but in this case, when there are so many other examples of the same item, it is harder for me to get in a twist over it. It's not the Mona Lisa or the Taj Mahal.

Punish the jerk, of course... but I won't get as upset about his idiotic action as I am about all of the destruction of far rarer artifacts and locations by Islamic idiots globally for the past few decades.

18 posted on 02/20/2018 2:39:11 AM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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Meanwhile somewhere else in Philly..yesterday

http://amp.fox29.com/news/police-seek-teen-caught-on-camera-with-gun-trying-to-enter-charter-school


19 posted on 02/20/2018 2:45:55 AM PST by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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>>considered a “priceless part of China’s cultural heritage.”

Chairman Mao had a holocaust on China’s cultural history. Called it a cultural revolution and destroyed the past.

When are the statues and memorials to Mao going to be taken down and destroyed?


20 posted on 02/20/2018 3:12:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Ask a lib if Alger Hiss colluded with the Russians.)
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