London Police find and return bronze sculptures stolen from India 40 years ago

16th September 2020   •   article

by Barfi Culture Team | Twitter: @barfi_culture.
Four bronzes statues stolen from a Hindu temple in India in 1978 have been found and recovered from London, the Met Police announced today.

Last year the Met Police’s Art and Antiques Unit were alerted by the Indian High Commission that one of the bronze sculptures had been offered for sale by a UK based dealer.

The Met established that the dealer was a good faith purchaser and hadn’t committed any criminal offences.

The dealer has now voluntarily disclaimed the sculpture so that it could be returned to India. He also identified two additional sculptures from the set and volunteered to return them, the police confirmed.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Wright, of Central Specialist Crime, said: "Not only are they beautiful and historically significant, they are of course of religious importance so it’s particularly gratifying that they are to be returned to the temple from which they were taken.
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