Kunstkamera plundered

The disappearance of two exhibits from the Oriental collection of St. Petersburg Kunstkamera was discovered on Sunday, May 29. The collection was temporarily displayed in the Hall of North American and Greenland native peoples, because of the restoration works.

One of the guides noticed the absence of the porcelain arbor and the bronze statuary, representing a lord of demons, at 15.30. By this time, more than 1000 guests visited the hall.

Both the bronze sculpture (height 31,3 cm) and the arbor, representing a cell for cicadas (height 13,5 cm, width 12,7 cm), were created in China at the end of XVII – beginning of XVIII centuries. The items are estimated at $10,000 each. The prosecutor of Vasileoostrovsky district of St. Petersburg initiated a criminal case.

On Monday, May 30, the management of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera) officially addressed the public with a request to aid the investigation of the incident.

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