« Volées il y a 30 ans, deux représentations de Shiva datées du XIe siècle ont été restituées au Népal par le Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) de New York
» A pair of rare idols stolen from Nepal three decades ago were returned to the country Wednesday by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The two statues — one of Buddha and the other of the Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati — were stolen in the 1980s when rampant looting saw many important artifacts whisked out of Nepal and into the hands of private collectors.
« The government was unaware of the whereabouts of the statues until historian Lain Singh Bangdel mentioned (in a book) that the statues were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, » Shyam Sundar Rajbanshi of Nepal’s Department of Archaeology told AFP.
The 11th-century Shiva statue, known as the Uma Maheshwor idol, was given to the Met in 1983 while the Buddha — estimated to be around 700 years old — was donated by a private collector in 2015.
The two statues were removed from display after the Met learned they were stolen, local media reported. »
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