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). ASI to write to Australian museum over stolen idols. The Times of India. 17 January.
Naomi Rea (2018). Tiny French Town Demands the Restitution of a Religious Reliquary From the Met. ArtNet News. 16 January.
Daiji World (2018). Udupi: Thieves return part of silver items stolen from Daivasthana. Daiji World. 15 January.
TNN (2018). Teen foils 'theft attempt' at Curca church. The Times of India. 14 January.
TNN (2018). 'Bring back stolen Buddhist statue to Amaravati'. The Times of India. 10 January.