Seven Artifacts Owned by Hong Kong Based Liang Yi Museum Stolen in Beijing’s Forbidden City (Photos)

By on May 12, 2011 in Asia, Current Events Comments

China Palace Art Theft

Image Credit: AP Photo / Palace Museum

Several international news site reported that seven artifacts owned by Hong Kong, China based Liang Yi Museum, which were loaned to the Palace Museum, were discovered missing at 8:20 A.M, Monday, May 9, 2011.

The Palace Museum is located inside Beijing’s former imperial palace and home to the country’s emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Forbidden City.

According to Wang Xiahong, curator of Liang Yi Museum, the stolen items are private collections, which includes purse and women’s make-up cases made of gold and silver powder boxes decorated by gems of various kinds.

Beijing police apprehended a 28 year old male, from East China’s Shandong Province, 58 hours after the artifacts were stolen, Xinhua News Agency reported.

A spokesman of the Palace Museum, offered an apology to Liang Yi Museum on Wednesday, May 11,2011.

Karen Smith, a Beijing art curator and historian, said the theft was “a big loss of face” for the museum but would probably result in much improved security.

The exhibition was temporary closed. Wang said that in order to carry on the exhibition, the museum will ship better items to the Forbidden City.

Image Credit : AP Photo / Palace Museum

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Image Credit : AP Photo / Palace Museum

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