Looted Shiva left outside for repair

18 Aug 2014 7:37 AM | Anonymous

Looted Shiva left outside for repair

INDIAN police have revealed that an 1100-year-old Hindu sculpture of Shiva with his hands broken off was stolen from ­beneath a peepol tree in a temple complex, after it was taken outside for unauthorised repairs.

The solid, 112cm-high stone carving was then smuggled from India to New York, where in 2004 it was sold to the Art Gallery of NSW for $300,000.

According to the theft report by local police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Ardharishvarana was removed in 2002 along with seven other damaged sculptures from Vridhdhagiriswarar Temple.