Stolen Buddha bronze to be returned to India


An old bronze statue of Buddha, stolen from your Indian museum six decades ago will be came back towards the country after being spotted in a London antiques fair.

The twelfth-century bronze sculpture was certainly one of 14 statues stolen in 1961 in the Archaeological Museum in Nalanda, eastern India.

It had been spotted in the trade fair in March after being sent there with a dealer with respect to the dog owner. Neither was conscious of its chequered background and have agreed so that it is came back to India.

The statue was recognized by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a company which fits to preserve cultural heritage, and also the India Pride Project, which aims to recuperate stolen artefacts.

Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, from the Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit, stated: “We’re delighted so that you can facilitate the return of the important bit of cultural heritage to India.

“This situation is a true illustration of co-operation between police force, the trade and students. Particular credit have to go to the bald eagle-eyed informants who made us conscious that the missing piece have been located after a lot of years.”

The Buddha is going to be paid towards the Indian high commissioner YK Sinha on Wednesday included in the celebrations marking India’s Independence Day.


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