• Thai businessman and collector Thammarit Jira handed in 104 pieces of prehistoric artefacts to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the National Museum on Friday. Nation/Ratchanon Intharaksa
  • Thai businessman and collector Thammarit Jira handed in 104 pieces of prehistoric artefacts to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the National Museum on Friday. Nation/Ratchanon Intharaksa
  • Thai businessman and collector Thammarit Jira handed in 104 pieces of prehistoric artefacts to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the National Museum on Friday. Nation/Ratchanon Intharaksa
  • Thai businessman and collector Thammarit Jira, left, handed in 104 pieces of prehistoric artefacts to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the National Museum on Friday. Photo courtesy of Culture Ministry

Thai collector returns prehistoric artefacts to the government

Art February 22, 2019 13:57

By The Nation

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Thai businessman and collector Thammarit Jira handed in 104 pieces of prehistoric artefacts, including famous Ban Chiang pottery to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the National Museum on Friday.



Thammarit claims his family collected historical artefacts for generations with the aim of eventually handing the national treasures to the Culture Ministry’s Fine Arts Department.

The collections include Ban Chiang pottery along with metal and bead jewellery dating from 1,800 to 4,300 years old.

The collections were in a good condition.

Fine Arts Department will register and preserve all items before turning them over to the appropriate museum collections that reflect their origins.