Sacred art that has been stolen, looted, trafficked, or illicitly removed from its original context should be returned. This is easier said than done. Although a number of national and international laws, agreements, and regulations exist to facilitate the return of sacred art, returns are perhaps more rare than they should be.

Recent Articles

Federal government agrees to return Métis artifacts (Americas; Canada)

Warick, Jason. (2017) Federal government agrees to return Métis artifacts. CBC. 1 March

Stolen Guercino found in Casablanca (Europe; Italy; Africa; Morocco)

ANSA. (2017) Stolen Guercino found in Casablanca. ANSA. 16 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

Recuperan un misal y un sacro antiguos robados en Pinos del Valle (Europe; Spain)

(Missal and ancient sacrum stolen in Pinos del Valle recovered)

Granada Hoy. (2017) Recuperan un misal y un sacro antiguos robados en Pinos del Valle. Granada Hoy. 7 February

Cathedral-goers get up-close look at snatched medieval crucifix (Europe; United Kingdom)

Williams, Alex. (2017) Cathedral-goers get up-close look at snatched medieval crucifix. Premier. 6 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

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

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

Court approves stay of execution on return order for stolen Buddhist statue (South and East Asia; South Korea; Japan)

Yonhap News Agency. (2017) Court approves stay of execution on return order for stolen Buddhist statue. Yonhap News Agency. 1 February

Peru: Stolen paintings recovered in U.S. return to Cusco (Americas; Peru; United States of America)

Andina. (2017) Peru: Stolen paintings recovered in U.S. return to Cusco. Andina. 27 January