China demands 'severe punishment' for man who stole thumb from terracotta warrior

China demands 'severe punishment' for man who stole thumb from terracotta warrior

Then, in December, a man in an ugly sweater took his thumb.

Chinese social media users were surprised the statues loaned out to the institute were kept less securely than those at museums back home. "We have lodged a serious protest with them", said Wu Haiyun, director of the government institution, which loans out the statues.

"We ask that the USA severely punish the perpetrator", the organization's Wu Haiyun said, according to the BBC.

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. He has been charged with theft and concealment of a major artwork from a museum and interstate transportation of stolen property.

The statue Rohana allegedly defaced is called the Cavalryman and dates to around 210 B.C. The museum has said the statue valued at $4.5 million will be repaired.

China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang had taken the army with him because he believed he would continue to rule in the afterlife, historians say.

No one was supposed to see them at the Franklin Institute on the night of the science after-hours event, however.

Now a United Nations world heritage site, they were discovered by a Chinese farmer in 1974 in Shaanxi province, according to the Franklin Institute's exhibit page.

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The statues featured in the Franklin's "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" exhibit are some of thousands discovered in China's Xi'an city in 1974 by a group of farmers, according to the BBC.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit, museum surveillance video captured a man in a Phillies ball cap and a green sweater disregard the black rope blocking the entrance to the exhibit at 9:08 p.m.

Mr Rohana is then alleged to have snapped off the 2,000-year-old statue's thumb and slipped it in his pocket.

The museum did not realize the finger was missing until weeks later, on January 8.

In front of his father, Rohana admitted it that he had stashed the thumb in his desk drawer.

"We call on the American side to severely punish the person who committed this destruction and theft of mankind's cultural heritage", an unidentified official told the newspaper, adding that two experts would be sent to the fix the thumb.

"As a result of this incident, we have thoroughly reviewed our security protocol and procedures, and have taken appropriate action where needed", she said.

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