Seven gilded Buddhist deity stolen from Erdenezuu Museum

Ulan Bator Post
By M.ZOLJARGAL
20 May 2014

Seven gilded Buddhist deity and several other religious artifacts were stolen on Monday night from the Museum of Erdenezuu Monastery in Kharkhorin soum of Uvurkhangai Province.

Police inspectors, inspection agencies, and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism are currently working at the museum after receiving a report from the General Police Department.

Erdenezuu Museum has an alarm installed at every glass display and a 24/7 security guards, reported officials.

Three of the deity are masterpieces of finest handicrafts dating back to the 17th century and are considered unparalleled artifacts of Mongolia.

A source from the museum said, “Gilded Manjusri, Duinhor, Jugdernamjil and four gilded Maitreya were stolen. We are not sure how the thieves sneaked through and got out of the museum without being noticed by the guards.”

All law enforcement organizations including border and customs departments were notified of the case, and are working to find the stolen artifacts.

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