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.
DNA (2017). 6 stolen idols worth Rs 8 cr found in WB. DNA. 6 August.
The 'Bells gang" that devastate rural churches: "they won't leave a single one"
David Brunat (2017). La 'banda de las campanas' que arrasa las iglesias rurales: "No van a dejar ni una". El Confidencial. 6 August.
Detenido tras robar donativos de los feligreses y un cofre del siglo XVIII de una iglesia de Puente Genil( )
Arrest made for theft of parishioner donations and 18th century chest from Puente Genil church
ABC Spain (2017). Detenido tras robar donativos de los feligreses y un cofre del siglo XVIII de una iglesia de Puente Genil. ABC Spain. 5 August.
Menachem Wecker (2017). Despite smuggled antiquities purchase, some say criticism of Bible museum is unfair. Salt Lake Tribune. 3 August.
KL (2017). More than £250,000 needed for alarms for Norfolk's churches. KL. 3 August.