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Thailand Claim Against Art Institute of Chicago for Khmer Temple Lintel

A portion of a lintel from the twelfth-century Khmer temple of Phnom Rung in Thailand was stolen from the site in the early 1960s. The work, called “The Birth of Brahma with Vishnu Reclining on a Makara,” was sold in Bangkok in 1966 to a New York dealer. A year later, the dealer sold the work to the foundation of James Alsdorf, a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago . . . .

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