Wednesday, April 8, 2015

American museums begin returning artifacts to India in response to criminal investigation

THE NEW YORK STREET
By Tom Mashberg
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., handed over a mid-19th-century Indian painting that was bought in 2006. Credit Peabody Essex Museum
NEW YORK---Several American museums have begun returning possibly stolen artifacts to India in response to a major federal investigation into the activities of Subhash Kapoor, a dealer identified by authorities as having once run the largest antiquities smuggling operation on American soil. Last week, museums in Hawaii and Massachusetts handed federal officials a total of eight items bought from Mr. Kapoor’s defunct business, Art of the Past, which was on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. [link]