Two looted 8th-century Indian stone idols recovered in the UK

A Yogini Camunda (left) and a Yogini Gomukhi (right), Indian stone idols dating to the eighth century, both stolen from a temple in Lokhari, India between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, have been recovered. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International
A Yogini Camunda (left) and a Yogini Gomukhi (right), stone idols dating to the eighth century, both stolen from a temple in Lokhari, India between the late 1970s and the early 1980s, have been recovered. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International

LONDON – “There’s a lot of loot in the United Kingdom and we aim to shake it loose,” said CEO and Founder of Art Recovery International Christopher A. Marinello after the successful recovery of two eighth-century stone idols that had been illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari, India in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The recovery of a Yogini Camunda and a Yogini Gomukhi (aka Cow-headed One) brings the number to three important Yogini idols recovered by Marinello in the past two years.

Continue reading

Ancient limestone panel recovered and returned to India

Indian Ambassador Santosh Jha and Art Recovery International (ARI) founder Christopher A. Marinello pose with the third century Indian limestone panel, which had been stolen from a museum in the mid-1990s and was recently recovered and returned to India. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International
Indian Ambassador Santosh Jha and Art Recovery International (ARI) founder Christopher A. Marinello pose with the third century Indian limestone panel, which had been stolen from a museum in the mid-1990s and was recently recovered and returned to India. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International
Indian Ambassador Santosh Jha and Art Recovery International (ARI) founder Christopher A. Marinello pose with the third-century Indian limestone panel, which had been stolen from a museum in the mid-1990s and was recently recovered and returned to India. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Art Recovery International has announced the recovery of a part of India’s cultural heritage dating from the second half of the 3rd century. This is the third such repatriation of stolen and looted Indian art in the last three months for Art Recovery International (ARI) working in partnership with The India Pride Project (IPP).

Continue reading

Buddha statue recovered decades after theft from Indian temple

A 1,200-year-old Bodhisattva sculpture looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India, has been recovered in Italy by Art Recovery International following a decades-long search. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International

A 1,200-year-old Bodhisattva sculpture looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India, has been recovered in Italy following a decades-long search. Image courtesy of Art Recovery International

MILAN – An 8th- or 9th-century Bodhisattva sculpture that was looted from the Devisthan Kundalpur Temple in Kurkihar, India has been recovered in Italy following a decades-long search.

Continue reading