Sunday, 8 April 2012

Qing Dynasty Theft

These two Qing Dynasty artifacts worth £1.8m were stolen from Durham University's Oriental Museum on Thursday night (title link). To the left is an exquisite jade water bowl with encircling dragon (c.1769). On the right is a Dehua porcelain sculpture depicting seven "fairies" in a boat. As one of these "fairies" is holding a lute, I think it more likely the boat contains court musicians. Two men and a woman have been arrested in the West Midlands and taken to Durham police station for questioning about the burglary, but the artifacts have not been recovered. Police seek the rest of the gang.


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