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.

Recent Articles

Antique smuggling racket: Key idol smuggler held in police raid (South and East Asia; India)

Yadav, Vijay Kumar. (2017) Antique smuggling racket: Key idol smuggler held in police raid. Mid-day. 4 March

4 held with ancient Buddha idol (South and East Asia; Nepal)

The Kathmandu Post. (2017) 4 held with ancient Buddha idol. The Kathmandu Post. 16 February

Ancient statue a riddle for experts (South and East Asia; Cambodia)

Kunthear, Mom. (2017) Ancient statue a riddle for experts. Khmer Times. 13 February

Maoists deny hand in destruction of ancient Ganesha idol; Cops have their doubts (South and East Asia; India)

Kaiser, Ejaz. (2017) Maoists deny hand in destruction of ancient Ganesha idol; Cops have their doubts. The New Indian Express. 12 February

DRI to approach USA for details on antique smuggler’s imports (South and East Asia; India; Americas; United States of America)

Salunke, Pratik. (2017) DRI to approach USA for details on antique smuggler's imports. Hindustan Times. 10 February

Indian cops arrest US businessman over idol smuggling (South and East Asia; India)

AFP. (2017) Indian cops arrest US businessman over idol smuggling. The Daily Mail. 8 February

Debate over statue highlights complexities of ownership (South and East Asia; South Korea; Japan)

Korea JoongAng Daily. (2017) Debate over statue highlights complexities of ownership. Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 February

गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार (South and East Asia; India; Nepal)

(Smuggler arrested with lord Buddha stolen in Gorakhpur)

Patrika. (2017) गोरखपुर में पांच करोड़ की मूर्ति बरामद तस्कर गिरफ्तार. Patrika. 5 February

Date set for Chinese villagers’ Dutch court battle over ownership of 1,000-year-old ‘stolen’ gilded statute (Europe; Netherlands; South and East Asia; China)

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

Chhattisgarh: Ancient Ganesha idol damaged by suspected Maoists successfully restored (South and East Asia; India)

ANI. (2017) Chhattisgarh: Ancient Ganesha idol damaged by suspected Maoists successfully restored. Business Standard. 2 February

Recent Posts

300 photos of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur pre-earthquake (Dec 2014) (6th May 2015) (South and East Asia; Nepal)

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.

Temple theft in Nepal: scratching the surface of a complex problem (15th December 2014) (South and East Asia; Nepal)

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.