Monday, May 2, 2016

US Returns Ancient Buddhist Art Looted From Pakistan's Swat Valley

It was returned by New York prosecutors on April 27 to the Pakistani Embassy' deputy chief of mission, Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, who said it will remain in New York City for now and may be exhibited at a museum.
An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha's footprints that was looted from the Swat Valley and smuggled into the United States has been returned to the government of Pakistan. The piece, called a Buddhapada, was taken from Pakistan in 1982 and eventually smuggled to New York by a Japanese antiquities dealer who hoped to sell it for more than $1 million. [link]