ICE partners with Honolulu Museum of Art to recover antiquities from India

02 Apr 2015 7:58 AM | Anonymous

ICE partners with Honolulu Museum of Art to recover antiquities from India 

April 1, 2015 

HONOLULU — Representatives from the Honolulu Museum of Art Wednesday transferred seven rare antiquities to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after an ongoing international smuggling probe by HSI determined the objects had likely been looted from India and brought to the U.S. illegally.

HSI officials underscore museum officials were unaware of the items’ provenance when they entered the institution’s collection between 1991 and 2003. HSI Honolulu originally contacted the museum in 2014 after HSI special agents in New York City determined that a 2,000-year-old terra cotta rattle identified in a case known as Operation Hidden Idol might have found its way into the museum’s collection. Subsequently, the museum, working in close collaboration with HSI, identified six other Indian artifacts in the institution’s possession with potential ties to Operation Hidden Idol. 

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-partners-honolulu-museum-art-recover-antiquities-india