Museums bought stolen Indian artefacts without verification

24 Dec 2013 7:18 PM | Anonymous


Museums bought stolen Indian artefacts without verification

by A. Srivathsan

Many museums accepted false provenance certificates produced by Kapoor

The list of antiquities stolen from India and illicitly sold to museums across the world seems to be growing.

New evidences show that Subhash Chandra Kapoor, U.S. based antiquities dealer extradited to India and currently lodged in Chennai prison, sold a mid 19th century Thanjavur painting depicting Serfoji II and Shivaji II and a gilded 18th century altar showing the Virgin Mary with Christ Child were sold to museums in the U.S. and Singapore using false documents.

The U.S. investigators have also unravelled that Kapoor and his co-conspirators had fabricated provenance letters, origin history and letters of authenticity for selling stolen sculptures and paintings. Many museums, which bought these artefacts from Kapoor had accepted these false provenance certificates undefined documents that establish the successive ownership undefined without checking their veracity.



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