Includes The Indian subcontinent from Pakistan westward, South Asia including Indonesia, and all of east Asia. Sacred art from this region includes work from all major religions from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions to the Christian religious iconography of, among other places, the Philippines.
Yadav, Vijay Kumar. (2017) Antique smuggling racket: Key idol smuggler held in police raid. Mid-day. 4 March
The Kathmandu Post. (2017) 4 held with ancient Buddha idol. The Kathmandu Post. 16 February
Kunthear, Mom. (2017) Ancient statue a riddle for experts. Khmer Times. 13 February
Kaiser, Ejaz. (2017) Maoists deny hand in destruction of ancient Ganesha idol; Cops have their doubts. The New Indian Express. 12 February
Salunke, Pratik. (2017) DRI to approach USA for details on antique smuggler's imports. Hindustan Times. 10 February
AFP. (2017) Indian cops arrest US businessman over idol smuggling. The Daily Mail. 8 February
Korea JoongAng Daily. (2017) Debate over statue highlights complexities of ownership. Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 February
(Smuggler arrested with lord Buddha stolen in Gorakhpur)
Patrika. (2017) गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार. Patrika. 5 February
Lo, Kinling. (2017) Date set for Chinese villagers' Dutch court battle over ownership of 1,000-year-old 'stolen' gilded statute. South China Morning Post. 3 February
ANI. (2017) Chhattisgarh: Ancient Ganesha idol damaged by suspected Maoists successfully restored. Business Standard. 2 February
Like most people, I was devastated to hear about the earthquake in Nepal, a site of particular focus for Stolen Gods. I learned about the quake while on fieldwork in Mexico and, like most, felt helpless in the face of tragedy. I know that my friends in Nepal are safe. Not everyone can say that. Sacred Art has taken centre stage in the aftermath of the earthquake, at times and unfortunately pushing human tragedy from worldwide focus. We need to think about people first, and then objects. Yet what I know is objects and I would like to offer what I have.
As I am in Nepal at the moment, literally tripping over sacred sites (which can't be great for my 'culturally sensitive' image), a quick post on temple looting here. Consider this the surface being scratched. The problem is complex. I'll be looking more into it in the future.