- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Four rare artworks believed to have been stolen are being returned to India by an Ohio art museum.

Director Brian Kennedy recently announced that the Toledo Museum of Art made arrangements with the Embassy of India to return the objects, including an 11th-century bronze sculpture depicting the deity Ganesh and a carved stone.

The facility had been in discussions with the Justice Department and the Republic of India about the pieces, which came from a former art dealer now accused of illegal exportation and other crimes, Kennedy said. The other items being returned are an 18th century watercolor and centuries-old decorative box.

“The Indian diplomats with whom we have been dealing with have been appreciative of our determination to examine the provenance issue and our commitment to return the objects if they had been at issue, which they were found to be,” Kennedy said.

The museum also announced it is returning more than 110 items that were donated by the dealer, Subhash Kapoor, and his gallery, but weren’t officially added to the museum’s collection, The (Toledo) Blade reported (https://bit.ly/1KxDi9g ).

Kapoor, who owned an art gallery in New York City, and a gallery manager are suspected of selling looted artifacts and giving buyers false histories about prior ownership of the items. Kapoor was arrested in Germany in 2011 and later extradited to India, where his case is pending.

His charges included forgery and illegal exportation.

It’s not the first time the museum has returned ill-gotten items. A mermaid figure stolen during World War II was returned to a German museum in 2011, and an illegally looted ancient water jug was handed over to Italy in 2013.


Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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