Statue Stolen in Tucson

"I got robbed the last night of the GJX show," laments Arthur Anderson, a well-known award-winning gem carver from Fredericksburg, Va. "Things stolen out of my booth included boxes that contained parts of my large statue 'Leigha,' the fourth in a series of nine that I've been making, all based on an ancient Minoan figure from the island of Crete, circa 1700 BC ."They took the legs, skirt, arms and base," Anderson explains. "This statue was the pinnacle of my gem art career, taking two full years to create. It contained over 1,200 separate pieces of gem material. The skirt itself was over 800 pieces of garnet, epidote, obsidian, black jade, and quartz. They didn't get the torso, as I had that with me. Unfortunately, the parts they took [represent] about one-and-a-half years' worth of work." Anderson had wrapped the pieces in individual boxes, taped them shut, and stowed them beneath his
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