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.
Express News Service (2018). Odisha: Six stolen Astadhatu idols recovered a month after. The New Indian Express. 15 September.
Devbrat Patnaik (2018). Precious Astadhatu Idols Stolen From Radhakanta Temple Recovered. Odisha TV. 14 September.
Simone McCarthy (2018). Buddha statue pulled from Sotheby's auction on suspicion it may be from China Unesco site. South China Morning Post. 14 September.
Press Trust of India (2018). Idols stolen from Jain temple in MP. Business Standard. 13 September.
Marouf Ali (2018). Theft Of Aurangzeb-Era Quran Copy: CBI Gives Up, HC Adjourns PIL. Kashmir Observer. 13 September.