ICE HSI partners with Ball State University and the David Owsley Museum of Art to recover a hidden idol stolen from India

18 Nov 2015 10:54 AM | Anonymous

ICE HSI partners with Ball State University and the David Owsley Museum of Art to recover a hidden idol stolen from India

MUNCIE, Indiana – Representatives from the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University transferred Monday a religious relic known as a Festival Bronze of Shiva and Parvati to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Under the auspices of Operation Hidden Idols, special agents with HSI's cultural property unit were able to determine that this idol had been looted from a temple in Southern India and brought to the United States illegally. HSI formally took custody of the artifact, which is linked to the ongoing investigation.  For the past five months, officials at the museum worked hand in hand with HSI to identify the stolen piece.

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partners-ball-state-university-and-david-owsley-museum-art-recover-hidden-idol