According to Philly.com, 24-year-old Michael Rohana was attending an "Ugly Sweater Party" at the museum on December 21, 2017. Surveillance footage reportedly shows him sneaking into a closed exhibit with friends. He was allegedly caught on camera taking a selfie with his arm draped over the shoulder of one of the statues and then snapping the thumb off one of the priceless statues, known as "The Cavalryman." He is said to have sent Snapchat messages to friends with photos of the detached digit.
When an FBI agent asked Mr Rohana if he had anything in his possession that he wanted to turn over to the FBI, Daily Mail reports he immediately went to his bedroom and retrieved the thumb from a desk drawer.
But the incident has left the Chinese enraged. South China Morning Post reports that China has demanded compensation for the damage caused to the $4.5 million statue
The Terracotta Army - thousands of life-sized statues that guard the tomb of China's first emperor - is called one of the "most significant archaeological discoveries in history." The terracotta statues were built by the emperor who believed they would protect him in the afterlife.
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