On October 28th2010, CBP officers and HSI agents seized a sandstone Buddha bust which is believed to derive from the time of the Northern Qi Dynasty. This seizure is one of five which have been made over the past months that included: two terracotta horses with riders from the Northern Wei Dynasty, one Bodhisattva head sculpture from the Song Dynasty and one limestone standing Buddha from the Northern Qi Dynasty. Since January of 2009, the United States has been working with the Chinese government to intercept and stem the illegal trade of archaeological materials; ensuring that these items are repatriated to the people of China.
“The illicit trade of cultural antiquities is one that effects us all,” stated Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office. “CBP is dedicated to intercepting these items and ensuring their safe return to their rightful owners.”
The estimated commercial value of the items seized is approximately $250,000.