Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

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]