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.
Evie Andreou (2019). Stolen fresco fragments welcomed home. Cyprus Mail. 25 January.
The Hindu (2019). Foundation denies idols in its possession are stolen. The Hindu. 22 January.
Reuters (2019). Experts Racing Against Antiquities Robbers in Hunt for Dead Sea Scrolls. Reuters. 22 January.
Helena Horton (2019). British aristocrat confronted by 'Indiana Jones of art world' over priceless stolen artefacts. The Telegraph. 22 January.
Tebra recovers a chalice stolen from their church 35 years ago
M. Oliva Tomiño (2019). Tebra recupera el cáliz de su iglesia 35 años después del robo. Atlántico. 19 January.