Stolen, sold, and destroyed
Sacred art is alive: it is a major component of the identities of living people and communities. Theft of sacred art is theft from everyone. Destruction of sacred items is profoundly destabilizing. The theft, trafficking, and destruction of sacred art is a special subset of the larger study of the movement of illicit art and antiquities. It has its own unique causes and, perhaps, its own unique solutions.
The purpose of this site is to try to understand this phenomenon better by collecting information. Find here articles and papers about the theft and destruction of the art and architecture of the world’s religious traditions and documentation of efforts to protect these sites and items.
OnlineKhabar (2018). Nepali artefacts taken to Denmark: `Six decades on, too easy to call collectors thieves'. OnlineKhabar. 1 February.
R. Sivaraman (2018). `What about idols stolen before 1992?'. The Hindu. 30 January.
Amarnath Govindarajan (2018). The Nataraja Idol Case Illustrates Padma Bhushan Dr Nagaswamy's Contribution To Indian Heritage. Swarajya Magazine. 27 January.
TNN (2018). 100-year-old panchaloha idol stolen from temple. The Times of India. 25 January.
Mohamed Imranullah (2018). 372 stone idols, 832 icons stolen since 1992, government tells HC. The Hindu. 25 January.