HSI seizes statues allegedly linked to Subhash Kapoor, valued at $5 million

06 Dec 2012 12:04 PM | Anonymous

HSI seizes statues allegedly linked to Subhash Kapoor, valued at $5 million

NEW YORK – Today, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), seized a 14th century A.D. bronze Parvati statue and four bronze Tamil Nadu figures, estimated as a group to be worth more than $5 million. These statues were seized as part of an HSI Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Program investigation titled "Operation Hidden Idol." The seizure is a direct result of international cooperation with the government of India, Interpol and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

HSI special agents seized the Parvati at the Port of Newark, with the assistance of CBP, for violations of 19 USC 1595a (Inadmissible Goods, Stolen Property). This sculpture is the cultural property of India and is one of many items stolen from temples in the Tamil Nadu region and allegedly sold by Subhash Kapoor. Even though the statue had been placed on the Interpol Stolen Works of Art Database, the Parvati had passed through the hands of six different dealers and been given multiple layers of false provenance over the past six years. The statue had been in Europe and had been aggressively pursued along each step of its journey by HSI New York. This is the fifth bronze Chola statue allegedly stolen and sold by Kapoor that has been recovered by HSI in the past year


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