Beijing, China - Peoples Republic of
A CHINESE ART EXPERT EXAMINES A BOWL FROM THE SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY AT
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN BEIJING....
A Chinese expert examines a bowl from the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368),
which was returned from the United Kingdom in 1998 as a smuggled and
stolen antiquity, at the National Museum in Beijing, July 4, 2003.
China says the illegal export of antiquities is one of the biggest
threats to the nation's cultural heritage. The government is imposing
stricter rules against the plundering of ancient tombs and other
cultural property and has stepped up efforts to repatriate stolen
artifacts. In the most recent recovery of Chinese relics, six ancient
terracotta figures smuggled to the United States were returned to China
last month. REUTERS/Guang Niu