The National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) announced that an ancient bronze ritual vessel, which had been lost abroad after being stolen 40 years ago, has finally returned to its home.

Unearthed in 1978 at an archaeological site dating to the late Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) in the city of Baoji in northwest China, the bronze vase, called “Feng Xingshu Gui,” was classified as a first-class cultural relic. of State. However, it was stolen in November 1984, and an ongoing search and recovery effort has been underway ever since.

In January 2023, a repatriation procedure was initiated by the NCHA after information that the bronze was in New York, in the United States. The relic’s then-holder, Raymond King, and his mother agreed to unconditionally return the artifact to the Chinese government after learning the story behind it, the administration said.

NCHA has committed to making additional efforts to protect, study, publicize, and display relevant cultural relics in the future.


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