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.
Deccan Chronicle (2018). Panchaloha Murugan idol seized, one arrested in guindy. Deccan Chronicle. 23 December.
Priyanka Thirumurthy (2018). Idol theft case: Kiran Rao and Ranvir Shah get anticipatory bail. The News Minute. 22 December.
Criminals rob sacred art from 26 churches in the country each week, but they have not been inventoried
EFE (2018). Criminales roban arte sacro de 26 iglesias del país cada semana. Pero ni siquiera hay inventario. SinEmbargo. 22 December.
CNA News Service (2018). Repatriation of 6th century mosaics 'important for cultural heritage'. Cyprus Mail. 22 December.
Jess Casey (2018). 'Unique' paintings stolen from Limerick church found `tattered' and `crumbling'. Limerick Leader. 21 December.