US man breaks thumb off terracotta warrior statue; furious China demands compensation

In China Terracota Warrior Thumb Theft Triggers Outrage

The director of the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center, which loaned the sacred statues to the Franklin Institute, lashed out at the museum, however, for its "careless" guarding of the prized archaeological find. The statues are on display at the museum until March 4.

They have also demanded compensation for the damage caused to the US$4.5 million relic.

News of Rohana's alleged assault on the 210 B.C. -era statue has angered China, which reveres the thousands of terra-cotta warrior statues as treasured cultural artifacts.

Rohana, who lives in DE, has been charged with theft of an object of cultural heritage from a museum, concealment of that object and interstate transportation of stolen goods.

What began as an Ugly Sweater Party has turned into an worldwide incident.

Rohana, according to the affidavit, put his hand on the left hand of the statue, appeared to break something off from the Calvaryman's left hand and put it in his pocket, and then left. According to Xinhua, a special agent from the FBI's Art Crime team tracked down the thief.

Beijing, Feb 20 China will send two experts to the U.S. to fix a United States dollars 4.5-million worth of Terracotta warrior statue whose thumb was stolen from a prominent museum a year ago. He has been released on a US$15,000 bail and has handed over his passport.

Authorities said the man, later identified as Michael Rohana, then went for a more permanent memento.

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The museum now holds 10 of the statues that's part of a collection of 8,000, according to the BBC.

Police arrested Rohana five days later.

Federal officials later found the thumb in Rohana's desk drawer in his home.

Replicas of Xian Warriors are on display at the "Terracotta Army" exhibition in Villa's Cultural Center Fernan Gomez on November 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

The Terracotta Army was built by the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century BCE to protect him in the afterlife.

The Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relic Exchange Center plans to send two experts to the United States to fix the thumb, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.

In a statement on Wednesday night, the Franklin Institute said "standard closing procedures were not followed" by a security contractor on the night of the party.

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