Scarlet Cheng. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has breathed a sigh of relief, as a civil complaint brought against them by the Department of Justice regarding two ancient Thai artefacts has been settled by a US district court in California, on the condition that the works be returned. The objects in question are two hand-carved, 1,pound Thai lintels which have been in dispute since , when the Thai consul general in Los Angeles saw them on display at the museum. In February , the Thai minister of culture gave a press conference calling for the return of 23 artefacts from US museums, and chief among them were the two lintels. They were identified as being from the Nong Hong Temple and Khao Lon Temple in northeastern Thailand, sites that have been legally protected since The museum has long maintained that there is no evidence that the lintels were wrongfully obtained—one was part of a vast donation from the collector Avery Brundage, which helped found the museum in , and the other was bought from a Paris dealer in
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