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(Daily Mail) The theft of a thumb of an ancient Terracotta Warrior statue on display in the U.S. incited a wave of criticism on Chinese social media Tuesday, following China's calls to 'severely punish' the thief.

The Chinese public have taken to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, to express their anger over the damage of the 2,000-year-old artefact, which is considered 'invaluable' by the Chinese.

One person questioned 'why did we lend our treasure to the U.S' while many insisted 'appropriated compensation' be given by a museum in Pennsylvania, where 10 of the figures are on display.


A compilation picture shared by Chinese media show how the Terracotta Warrior statue was damaged. The particular statue has been loaned along with nine others to a museum in U.S.



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China has called on 'severe punishment' to the thief. This photo taken on October 21, 2016 shows the Terracotta Warriors on display at the Terracotta Warrior Museum in China


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Michael Rohana, 24, has been arrested over the theft during an after hours 'ugly sweater party' just before Christmas at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

The museum is holding an exhibition to display 10 life-size clay soldiers and over 170 other artifacts from China's pre-Qin, Qin, and Han dynasties from September last year to March 4 this year.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by an FBI agent, Rohana snuck into the closed exhibit and snapped a selfie with the warrior, worth $4.5 million (£3.2 million).

Rohana then appeared to break off the statue's left thumb and pocket it before leaving the event with friends.



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Two experts would be sent to the US to help with repairs, the director said, adding that they had begun the process of claiming compensation for damages.

The director also said the centre felt very guilty because it was the lender of the exhibits and they should have taken care of them better on behalf of the country. The director vowed to draw lessons from the incident.

News of the damage sparked strong criticism on Chinese social media, with many comments nationalistic in tone.

'Whoever agreed to use our ancestor's funerary objects to curry favour with foreigners should be the one 'severely punished' first,' wrote one user.

'If they don't understand that our statue is precious why would we lend it to the US in the first place?' another asked.

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In China people who visit the site of these terracotta soldiers are not allowed near them. Why did the US museum allow this close contact?
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China will have to think twice before lending any of its national treasures to the US.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2018-2-22 16:14:43 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2018-2-22 16:03
China will have to think twice before lending any of its national treasures to the US.

At least, China should strengthen its security of cultural relics that are display abroad and put a stop to any form of theft, pillage or any acts of vandalism.

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