Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Buddha Statue Found to Have Been Stolen Will be Returned to India

THE GUARDIAN 
By Oliver Milman
The red sandstone Buddha, originally from the Uttar Pradesh region
of India, was bought for the NGA in 2007. Photograph: National Gallery of Australia
AUSTRALIA---Australia is set to return a third artwork to India in a year, with a stone Buddha statue to be repatriated after the National Gallery of Australia realised it was stolen. The Kushan Buddha statue, dating from the second century, will soon be returned by the gallery after it emerged the piece had been stolen from an archaeological site in India, the Times of India reported. The red sandstone Buddha, originally from the Uttar Pradesh region of India, was bought for the NGA in 2007 using funds provided by the arts benefactor Roslyn Packer. [link]