Ming Dynasty statuette stolen from Liverpool

Detectives investigating the historic theft of a rare and valuable 600-year-old statuette stolen from Liverpool are appealing for information from the public to help locate it.

The statuette was reported stolen from a home unit in the Sydney suburb of Liverpool between 10.30am and 4.30pm on January 26.

Police were told the offenders gained entry to the Castlereagh Street residence by smashing a security screen door and jimmying the lock of the interior timber door.

The offenders ransacked all three bedrooms at the property, stealing a number of items in addition to the statuette.

Liverpool detectives are investigating the incident, and after exhausting other lines of inquiry, are appealing for information from the public.

The statuette bears markings indicating it was created during China’s Great Ming Yongle period (1403 to 1424).

The bronze casting is gilt in gold, and measures 19.3 centimetres high. It depicts the Buddhist character known as Vajrasattva seated in the Lotus position on an ornate base.

“The statuette has belonged to the owner’s family for hundreds of years, and is a treasured heirloom,” Liverpool police Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone said.

“She is very keen to find out what happened to it, and after investigating several other lines of inquiry, we are appealing to the public for information about its whereabouts.

“This is a unique and distinctive item; we are confident that anyone who may have seen it will recognise it instantly.

“Information can be provided to us anonymously.".

Anyone with information that mas assist investigators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. 

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