According to a statement by the National Cultural Heritage Administration, Turkey returned two Chinese cultural relics allegedly illegally taken abroad to China on November 25.
It is the first positive and successful repatriation case of cultural relics between China and Turkey since the two countries have signed a bilateral intergovernmental agreement to counter illicit export and cultural property imports.
On November 25, the transfer ceremony took place at the Anatolian Civilization Museum in Ankara. On behalf of the Chinese government, Deng Li, Chinese ambassador to Turkey, received the two artifacts.
One returned artifact is believed to be a mural from a Tang Dynasty Buddhist grotto (618-907), and the other is a pottery figurine or statue from the late Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-581) to the Sui Dynasty (581-618) used as a funeral piece.
In China has an embargo to be carried overseas on these artifacts.
According to the report, in December 2018, the Turkish government told the administration that two allegedly stolen Chinese cultural relics were found.
Following the assessment and follow-up talks by experts, the Turkish government gave a green light for their September return to China.


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