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.
López Penide (2022). Un testigo condujo hasta los sospechosos de robar arte sacro en iglesias y pazos. La Voz de Galicia. 25 September.
Ana J. Pastor (2022). El mercado negro del arte religioso pone en jaque a las iglesias de Vigo y la provincia. Atlántico. 24 September.
Bryony Cottam (2022). The museums returning their ancient artefacts. Geographical. 24 September.
R. Sivaraman (2022). T.N. Police's Idol Wing claims ownership of Kala Samhara Moorthy idol auctioned in U.S.. The Hindu. 22 September.
Shari Narine (2022). Chief concerned about artifacts First Nations don't know about being held by museums. Penticton Herald. 22 September.