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Antiquities Dealers Accused of Smuggling Indian Artifacts

Subhash Kapoor operated “Art of the Past Gallery” on Madison Avenue from 1974 to 2011. In the summer of 2012, he was extradited to India, but he is facing legal charges on both continents on the allegations of looting Indian cultural artifacts worth millions of dollars.

Objects that he illegally exported from Indian and imported into the United States are still surfacing. As recently as this December, Homeland Security Investigations seized five looted Indian sculptures worth at least $5 million. Special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in New York called upon the art community to identify objects sold or donated by Kapoor to “ensure their legitimacy” in light of the accusation that Kapoor is one of “the most prolific commodities smugglers in the world today.”

Many respectable institutions bought or accepted items from Kapoor, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington. Apparently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held more than 80 objects with Kapoor provenance

Source: The Epoch Times.
Photo: HSI agent in front of looted Indian sculptures seized at Port Newark, N.J., Dec. 2012. (B. Chasteen/The Epoch Times).