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A Night At The Museum
« on: February 20, 2018, 12:17:31 PM »
How's this for poor impulse control. College kids in the museum for a lock-in party. Smart-ass sophomore breaks into priceless ancient Chinese exhibit on loan from PRC, takes a selfie and breaks off the thumb of a 4.5 million buck terra cotta statue and keeps it for a souvenir. All captured by the security cameras, of course. I wonder how Mr. Smartass felt when the cops knocked on his door. What a moron.



American accused of stealing terra-cotta warrior's thumb must be 'severely' punished, China says

By Katherine Lam   | Fox News

China's Terracotta Army under ancient Greek influence?

Experts believe China's Terracotta Army was influenced by ancient Greek sculptors, traveled to China 1,500 years before Marco Polo's famous journey to Asia

China is reportedly demanding a 24-year-old American man face "severe punishment" for allegedly snapping off the left thumb of a $4.5 million ancient terra-cotta warrior statue on display at a Philadelphia museum.

Michael Rohana was charged with theft and concealment of a major artwork last week and released on bail, the BBC reported. The director of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center, which loaned the sacred statues to the Franklin Institute, lashed out at the museum, however, for its “careless” guarding of the prized archaeological find.

"We ask that the U.S. severely punish the perpetrator. We have lodged a serious protest with them," Wu Haiyun said, according to the BBC.



FBI says a US man stole the thumb of a 2,200-year-old Chinese terracotta warrior statue being displayed at the Franklin Institute

Rohana, from Delaware, was attending an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute on Dec. 21 when he entered the “Terra-cotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibit, according to an arrest affidavit.

Rohana proceeded to take selfies with the 2,000-year-old statue, known as “The Calvaryman,” then snapped off the left thumb and walked away, authorities said. The museum noticed the missing thumb on Jan. 8 — more than two weeks after the alleged incident — and reported it to police. 

Police arrested Rohana five days later.

Wu said he “strongly condemned” the Philadelphia museum and added two experts should be sent there to evaluate the damage done and reattach the thumb. The center is also seeking compensation for the damage.

Terracotta warriors and horses, which were unearthed during the first excavation from 1978 to 1984, stand inside the No. 1 pit of the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, Shaanxi province, in China, January 8, 2018.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RC1C0B535130
Terracotta Army was built in China's Qin Dynasty.  (Reuters)

A Franklin Institute spokeswoman said previously the statue will be repaired, adding that a security contractor did not follow standard procedures the night of the alleged theft.

The museum currently holds 10 of the statues that’s part of a collection of 8,000, according to the BBC. The Terra-cotta Army, made of clay and built by Qin Shi Huang in the Qin Dynasty before he died in 210 B.C., were discovered in 1974.

The life-sized statues are considered one of China's most prized archaeological discoveries.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/20/china-demands-severe-punishment-for-american-who-stole-terracotta-warriors-thumb.html

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Re: A Night At The Museum
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 12:24:50 PM »
How's this for poor impulse control. College kids in the museum for a lock-in party. Smart-ass sophomore breaks into priceless ancient Chinese exhibit on loan from PRC, takes a selfie and breaks off the thumb of a 4.5 million buck terra cotta statue and keeps it for a souvenir. All captured by the security cameras, of course. I wonder how Mr. Smartass felt when the cops knocked on his door. What a moron.


American accused of stealing terra-cotta warrior's thumb must be 'severely' punished, China says

A field trip to investigate Chinese prisons should be part of this young stalwart's future.

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Re: A Night At The Museum
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 03:22:30 PM »
Seemed like a good idea at the time.....

Must have missed the memo on hands in pockets when he was a youngster.
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