Stolen 1,500-yr-old statue head returns to China

04:22 PM | 14 Jul, 2018
Stolen 1,500-yr-old statue head returns to China
TAIYUAN - A 1,500-year-old statue head that was stolen from the Yungang Grottoes in north China's Shanxi Province has been returned to China.

The 26.5-cm-tall, 12-cm-wide statue head was donated to the Shanxi Museum by John S. C. Wang and his wife on Friday.

The smiling figure has a tall nose, slim eyes and lips, and long ears, and was carved with a hat in the nomadic Xianbei style.

The head, dating back 1,500 years to Northern Wei Dynasty (386-535), was stolen in around 1925 from a cave in Yungang Grottoes, according to Zhao Kunyu from the Yungang Grottoes research institute.

Wang, 71, is a calligraphy teacher at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. He found the statue head when he served as an advisor at an auction house.

"I was amazed by its delicate carving and the peaceful facial expression," said Wang, adding he bought it from a third-generation collector who did not appreciate the antique as much as his ancestors.

This is the second time Wang has donated artifacts from Yungang Grottoes to China. In 2016, Wang gave a Buddha statue head to the museum.

More than 59,000 statues were carved in 45 caves in Yungang Grottoes, which was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2001.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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