Pray for the restoration of a statue of an idol stolen from a local temple in Uttar Pradesh Locari, India. Now those prayers have been answered. The 8th-century goat’s head deity was found thousands of miles away – in a grassy English countryside.
The statue is regularly presented to the Indian High Commission in London. It is a shame that Sostesis, who sold the statue for sale in 1988, had just a few years to go before the auctioneer was accused of inciting looting of ancient Indian religious sites.
Restoration was made by Christopher Marinolo, a leading expert on the recovery of stolen, looted, and missing works of art. “This piece is considered a god, not a statue,” he said. “The looted items are simply not financial resources for collectors and houses to be auctioned off.”
Vigai Kumar, co-founder of India Pride Project to Recover Stolen Religious Heritage, said: “This is a unique sculpture. It was a dream to find her. I began to despair. ”
Both men are Sotheby’s. On November 14, 1988, he was criticized for submitting 92 lots in the London auction. It is estimated to bring in around £ 15,000. The price is too high today, but it cannot be sold legally.
A.D. In 1997 the monument was one of the oldest looted artifacts. Observer Cursed by journalist Peter Watson, entitled The internal history of Sostebis dying. He and Channel 4 investigators Shipping The program also secretly tapped Indian merchants, saying that they had supplied a full container of goods, some of which were sold at Sotheby’s in London.
In London, he stopped selling traditional antiquities and stepped up his efforts to deal with allegations of looting.
The goddess with the goat’s head, who had disappeared between 1979 and 1982 – a female deity, first stood on the hillside near Locari.
Watson wrote that the site once had 20 sandstone statues, each about five feet tall and with animal heads. Vidia Dehejan, then-director of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, Washington, states:
Watson added that Dejaja had reworked her goat in her book. Yogini: Worship and temples“It was similar to Destiny 92,” said the smuggler.
The helmet was sold in Ironically, in 1998, when Watson broke the story, they did not find the sender even during interrogation or submit the details to the Metropolitan Police.
“And surprisingly, it can still last more than two decades in the UK after being stolen and lost in the UK.”
Marinilo, a lawyer and founder of Art Revival International, has donated 400 400 million worth of museums, government and religious institutions, among others. “I wrote to them,” he said. They were completely uncooperative.
He added: “My goal is to sell Sostebis for robbery, but also to highlight the countless looted items found in English gardens and colonial-era collections. Collectors must come forward – kind of merciful – through us, and we guarantee their anonymity. Otherwise, they or their heirs may be embarrassed or prosecuted when they try to sell their wares in the marketplace.
The shape was restored after his wife, who did not want to be named, decided to sell her house. The statue she bought 15 years ago was in the garden. She immediately confirmed that the sculpture would be returned without any preconditions.
A spokesman for the Indian High Commission thanked Marilo Probono for his work and said it was “deeply disturbing” that “these are our ancient heritage.” When fragments of temples are lost, emptiness.
“This scene is related to something that happened about a quarter of a century ago,” Sostesis said. Sostebis respects the highest standards in the industry, supported by a world-class obedience team, which works closely with foreign officials to ensure maximum business loyalty.