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Indian Sculptures Returned From National Gallery

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Together the statues are worth an estimated $1.1 million, but documentation provided to the gallery during their purchase is suspected to have been falsified.
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Australia has returned another two ancient sculptures with questionable provenance to India but there could be at least eight more on their way home.
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For bollywood movies.
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This is after a review of the provenance of Asian artworks bought by the National Gallery.
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The Goddess Pratyangira
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The Goddess Pratyangira
900-year-old stone statue
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Surely. The earlier the better.
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The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) will return two ancient sculptures to the Indian Government, as evidence they may have been obtained through an illegal art smuggling ring grows.
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The review found that 14 of the 22 questionable objects were purchased from Kapoor’s former dealership, Art of the Past. Kapoor was extradited to India in 2011 to face charges over a multimillion dollar looting scandal.
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India's Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who took part in the handover ceremony, said the return would"add colour and beauty" to bilateral relations.

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In 2014 the gallery returned to India the 12th century bronze Dancing Shiva, a 900-year-old statue bought in 2008 for $5.6 million, which turned out to be stolen.
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This new evidence means the (national gallery) cannot legally or ethically retain these works, and returning them to India is unquestionably the right thing to do," gallery director Gerard Vaughan said.
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I know they are very happy about getting their treasures back. This usually does not happen and they are very lucky. Good job to all the investigators involved.
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From the temples of India, to a New York dealership, to the climate-controlled display areas of the National Gallery of Australia, and finally, briefly, to an ill-lit corner of one of the gallery’s thoroughfares. The journey of two ancient Indian.
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From the temples of India, to a New York dealership, to the climate-controlled display areas of the National Gallery of Australia, and finally, briefly, to an ill-lit corner of one of the gallery’s thoroughfares. The journey of two ancient Indian.
Amazing how two priceless pieces of history and still working magic in todays time. Returning these statures is going to strengthen the relationship between two countries.
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The National Gallery is to be commended for showing leadership in maintaining a collection that meets the highest ethical standards.

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Amazing how two priceless pieces of history and still working magic in todays time. Returning these statures is going to strengthen the relationship between two countries.
I am sure countries have gone to war over less. This was a nice gesture on their part.
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The National Gallery of Australia is returning two more sculptures to India's custody after doubt was cast over their provenance.
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At least eight other objects bought from the same dealership are the focus of investigations, but the gallery can't give a time frame for when and if they'll wrap those up.

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During then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit to India in 2014, the Australian government returned the statue of the ‘Dancing Shiva’ to Indian Prime Minister Modi. The 900-year-old bronze Shiva Nataraja, purchased for $5 million in 2008, was another artefact found to have been acquired by Kapoor through illicit means, before being sold to the NGA.

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