Inventorying, restoration, etc. etc. There are many ways in which sacred art is preserved. In this section we will document some of these efforts.

Recent Articles

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS (West and Central Asia; Iraq; Syria)

Fagotto, Matteo. (2017) The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS. The Atlantic. 23 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

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years (West and Central Asia; Israel)

McKernan, Bethan. (2017) New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years. The Independent. 9 February

Call for Italy’s quake-stricken works to return home for treatment (Europe; Italy)

McGivern, Hannah. (2017) Call for Italy's quake-stricken works to return home for treatment. The Art Newspaper. 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

Ancient Welby church banned from displaying ‘tasteless’ plaque thanking lottery windfall (Europe; United Kingdom)

Mack, Tom. (2017) Ancient Welby church banned from displaying 'tasteless' plaque thanking lottery windfall. Leicester Mercury. 23 January

Varias Iglesias instalan sistemas de seguridad por los robos (Americas; Argentina)

(Churches install security systems because of robberies)

Nueva Ciudad. (2017) Varias Iglesias instalan sistemas de seguridad por los robos. Nueva Ciudad. 19 January

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art to open Friday after two-year closure (Africa; Egypt)

El-Aref, Nevine. (2017) Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art to open Friday after two-year closure. Ahram Online. 18 January

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation (West and Central Asia; Israel)

Lewis, Ori. (2017) Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation. Reuters. 18 January

How the estate of Thailand’s missing ‘Silk King’ was among the winners of Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform Act (South and East Asia; Thailand; Americas; United States of America)

Stoilas, Helen. (2017) How the estate of Thailand's missing 'Silk King' was among the winners of Reagan's 1986 Tax Reform Act. The Art Newspaper. 9 January

Recent Posts

Sacred Heritage in Slovakia Regenerated? (30th July 2015) (Europe; Slovakia)

by Barbora Brederova

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.