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.
TNN (2017). Idol smuggling theft of nat'l treasure: HC. The Times of India. 22 July.
The Hindu (2017). IG Manickavel to handle idol theft cases. The Hindu. 22 July.
Express News Service (2017). Set up camp for idol theft cases in a week: Madras High Court. The New Indian Express. 22 July.
The Hindu (2017). Kapoor produced before court. The Hindu. 21 July.
The Hindu (2017). HC denies advance bail to suspected idol smuggler. The Hindu. 21 July.