Stolen, sold, and destroyed
Sacred art is alive: it is a major component of the identities of living people and communities. Theft of sacred art is theft from everyone. Destruction of sacred items is profoundly destabilizing. The theft, trafficking, and destruction of sacred art is a special subset of the larger study of the movement of illicit art and antiquities. It has its own unique causes and, perhaps, its own unique solutions.
The purpose of this site is to try to understand this phenomenon better by collecting information. Find here articles and papers about the theft and destruction of the art and architecture of the world’s religious traditions and documentation of efforts to protect these sites and items.
Yogesh Kabirdoss (2018). Oz seeks FIRs of stolen idols cases in English. The Times of India. 15 July.
TNN (2018). Idol theft: HC pulls up government for dragging its feet. The Times of India. 14 July.
Kai Schultz, Suhasini Raj (2018). In India, a Missing Key to a Temple's Treasure Vault Ignites a Furor Image. The New York Times. 14 July.
TNN (2018). 3 metal idols stolen from city temple. The Times of India. 12 July.
The Hindu (2018). One arrested in temple theft case. The Hindu. 12 July.