China to send team to America to repair Terracotta warrior statue
Beijing: China will send two experts to the US to repair a USD 4.5-million worth of Terracotta warrior statue whose thumb was stolen from a prominent museum last year.
The Terracotta Army is one of China's most important archaeological findings.
Chinese authorities have demanded "severe punishment" for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of the precious statue loaned for display at the Philadelphia museum, Chinese state media reported.
The 2,000-year-old statue, worth some USD 4.5 million, is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The exhibit will run until March 4. The statue, which is a cavalryman, dates back to at least 209 BC.
The two experts from cultural relics authority of China's northwest Shaanxi province will be sent to the US to repair the statue, the Shaanxi provincial cultural heritage department said.
The related US departments should be held responsible for the damage, and guarantee the safety of the relics on display, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the department