Five stolen frescos from Tang-era queen's tomb brought back home

13:18, May 12, 2011      

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Photo, taken in 2005 by the grave robber, shows a wall painting in the tomb of Tang empress Wu Huifei (also called Queen Zhen Shun). This wall painting is just one of the five stolen frescos.

On May 11, Xi'an police handed over the five wall paintings they brought back from outside of the country to Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. As of that day, all the cultural relics stolen from the tomb of Tang empress Wu Huifei were traced and brought back, which showed the success of an international collaboration to curb the rampant pillaging and smuggling of treasures.

Last year, Xi'an police brought back the 27-ton stone coffin of Tang empress Wu Huifei (AD 699-737), which had been stolen five years ago.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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