The Chinese authorities demand a heavy punishment for a man who made a thumb of a centuries-old terracotta statue has broken off and stolen.
The image of the 2,000-year-old is one of the ten warriors who are on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. They are part of the Terracotaleger, one of China’s most important archaeological treasures.
During a party on december 21 at the Franklin Institute demolition the 24-year-old Michael Rohana in the enclosed space of the exhibition. There he took a selfie with one of the warriors. Then he broke a thumb of the image, put it in his pocket and left.
The image is 4.5 million dollars.
The museum staff noticed the theft on January 8. The FBI urged the culprit, who admitted that he was the thumb in a drawer of his desk is preserved.
The Chinese authorities blame the Franklin Institute negligence. They ask that the US is the offender punish it. The man is now indicted for theft of a work of art from a museum.
The approximately 8,000 terracottafiguren were in the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, placed. He believed that she will meet him after death would protect. In 1974, they were northeast of Xi’an discovered by some farmers.