the "pirate scammers" as we affectionalty referred to them, turned out to be less the grave robbers of the nation's treasury of ethnographic art as the key players in its preservation. For whereas in the early days such treasures rotted in, or were pilfered from, Indonesia's neglected museums, the best of them, thanks to the scammers, had been lovingly preserved for half a century.

— Art collecting in Bali  

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