To catch an idol thief

17 Aug 2015 8:25 AM | Anonymous

To catch an idol thief

Amulya GopalakrishnanAmulya Gopalakrishnan,TNN | Aug 16, 2015, 12.00 AM IST

What is an antiquity? It could be an idol in a shrine, a piece of jewellery passed on from your grandmother, or a casually bought souvenir that is much older than you realize. These are all covered under the Antiquities Act of 1972, but the ethics of owning and circulating them are not the same.

Despite a stringent law, antiquities continually stream out of India. Their owners secretly sell them abroad, flouting export restrictions. The ongoing Chennai trial of Manhattan-based art dealer Subhash Kapoor, reveals how antiquities are spirited across the border by a network of smugglers and dealers, sold to museums, galleries and collectors.


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