India demands return of objects stolen from its temples

30 Jul 2015 2:06 PM | Anonymous

India demands return of objects stolen from its temples

 New Delhi  |  30 July 2015  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

During her upcoming visit in India, Angela Merkel will provide the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a statue of the deity Durga. This statue was stolen from an Indian temple and purchased by a German museum. India has called for the restitution of several objects that were pillaged from archaeological sites.

Subhash Kapoor, an American gallery owner of Indian origin, sold the statue of the deity Durga, valued at $250,000, to a German museum. He was arrested in 2011 for having resold a series of pieces stolen from Indian temples. 30 of these objects were notably purchased by the Asian Civilizations Museum of Singapore, such as a Buddha statue dating from the thirteenth century, and manuscripts of the Mahabharata that are over four centuries old. India is in talks with Singapore to have these archaeological artefacts returned, but it must nonetheless show proof that the pieces were stolen.

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