Saturday, July 4, 2015

Collector gives back ancient Hindu statue said to have been stolen from temple

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Tom Mashberg
An 11th-century bronze statue depicting Saint Manikkavichavakar was handed over by a New York collector who had been misled into buying it by fraudulent paperwork, federal officials said. Credit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
NEW YORK---An ancient Indian statue said to have been looted from a temple and then smuggled into the United States by a longtime Manhattan art dealer was turned over Wednesday to federal agents who said that the work, an 11th-century bronze relic depicting a Hindu poet and mystic, was valued at $1 million. The statue, depicting Saint Manikkavichavakar, was handed over willingly by a New York collector who had been misled into buying it by fraudulent paperwork, federal officials said. [link]