The crown was used to ornament a stone-sculpted Buddha figure, which was a customary religious offering at the period. The information centers in the Prasat Sadok Kok Thom historical park in Sa Kaeo province and the Phnom Rung historical park in Buri Ram province will display the two Khmer lintels that were repatriated from the United States. They’re on display at the Denver Art Museum right now. It weighs about 42.6g and is fashioned of 95 percent pure gold in the Lanna art style. Itthiphol believes that more precious artifacts may be returning home after the US Homeland Security Department discovered some bronze statues from the Prakon Chai archaeological site in Thailand’s north-eastern area of Buri Ram.

The Fine Arts Department of the National Museum in Bangkok is studying the old crown before it is displayed in the future. The 48-year-old minister said the department was created around five years ago by the government to track artifacts smuggled out of the kingdom, and he praised the US Department of Homeland Security for recovering two Khmer lintels from the Asian Art Museum in New York last year. Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome complimented the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts after a 500-year-old ancient gold crown was returned to Thailand from the United States.

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