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.
The Hindu (2020). Recovered idols belong to a temple, say officials. The Hindu. 6 November.
Dawn (2020). Stolen relics. Dawn. 5 November.
Associated Press (2020). Antiquities Recovered in 2015 in New York City Given Back to Pakistan. Indiawest. 5 November.
A. Subburaj (2020). 2 held with panchaloha idol, hunt on for prime accused. The Times of India. 3 November.
Not even churches respected: Bell stolen in the temple of San Lorenzo in Villalpando
María Espino (2020). Ni las iglesias respetan: roban campana en el templo de San Lorenzo de Villalpando. Periódico Correo. 3 November.