Stolen Statue of 'Yogini' Goddess That Almost Got Auctioned in UK to Return to India

Stolen Statue of 'Yogini' Goddess That Almost Got Auctioned in UK to Return to India
© Provided by News18 Stolen Statue of ‘Yogini’ Goddess That Almost Got Auctioned in UK to Return to India

A stolen ancient statue of a Hindu goddess that was was once on sale at Sotheby’s auction house in London is being returned to the country after decades. The statue, which depicts a goat-headed deity, was located in October this year by Christopher Marinello, according to a CNN report. Marinello is a lawyer and founder of Art Recovery International, a company that specializes in recovering stolen, looted, and missing works of art. According to Marinello, he came across the statue when a person in the UK asked his firm to assist with sales of some item in her home that included the statue. The person, whose identity has not been revealed, had no video that the statue was stolen and cooperated when a red flag was raised.

Marinello then got in touch with Vijay Kumar, co-founder of the India Pride Project, a nonprofit that is dedicated to recovering looted cultural objects across India. Kumar confirmed that the statue was indeed stolen from India, adding that it is part of a larger collection of yogini figures that went missing from the village of Lokhari in Uttar Pradesh between about 1978 and 1982.

Also Read:Maa Annapurna Idol Stolen 100 Years Ago Found in Canada, to be Given Back to UP Govt

Kumar told CNN that he first came across an image of the statue in Peter Watson’s book ‘Sotheby’s: The Inside Story’, which is based on a five-year-long investigation that revealed how prestigious auction houses allegedly facilitated the smuggling and sale of objects known to have been looted from shrines. Kumar added that further research revealed that the statue was listed for sale in a Sotheby’s catalogue in 1988.

Jaspreet Singh Sukhija, the First Secretary for Trade at the High Commission of India told CNN, “We got in touch with Vijay and Christopher a couple of months back and then High Commission of India vigorously pursued the restitution of the Yogini with all out efforts made by the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom and Deputy High Commissioner to get the formalities done.” Sukhija added that the statue will be soon sent to India.

Without addressing this particular statue, Sotheby’s talked about its high standards in the industry. It told CNN in a statement, “This episode relates to something that allegedly occurred almost quarter of a century ago. Sotheby’s adheres to the highest standards in the industry, supported by a world-class compliance team, who work closely with outside authorities to ensure that we operate to the highest level of business integrity.”

(With inputs from CNN)

Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

PV Sindhu beats Malvika Bansod to clinch second Syed Modi International title

© Provided by Zee News Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu eased past young compatriot Malvika Bansod in straight games to win her second women’s singles title at the Syed Modi ... Read more »

India vs South Africa Live Score, 3rd ODI at Cape Town: Phehlukwayo run out for 4 as visitors fight back

© Provided by Firstpost India vs South Africa Live Score, 3rd ODI at Cape Town: Phehlukwayo run out for 4 as visitors fight back 17:26 (IST) After 43 overs,South Africa ... Read more »

Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games: Facts about three of the largest sporting events in the world

Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games: Facts about three of the largest sporting events in the world Even though many people hold the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the Asian Games ... Read more »

Tak seperti Kelantan, Umno tetap kerjasama dengan PAS di Selangor, kata Noh

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Noh Omar berkata Selangor berbeza berbanding negeri lain kerana di negeri itu Umno dan PAS adalah pembangkang. (Gambar Bernama) PETALING JAYA: Pendirian Umno Selangor ... Read more »

India vs South Africa Live Score, 3rd ODI Updates: David Miller Key For SA's Big Finish

© Provided by News18 India vs South Africa Live Score, 3rd ODI Updates: David Miller Key For SA’s Big Finish India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI Live Score: Indian captain KL ... Read more »

Fitness planner | Getting serious about cycling long-distance? This is all the cycling gear you'll need

© Moneycontrol Fitness planner | Getting serious about cycling long-distance? This is all the cycling gear you’ll need Cycling and running are both endurance activities and improve your cardiovascular health. ... Read more »

A robot vacuum cleaner escaped a hotel and was on the loose for a day, report says

© Getty Images A stock photo of a robot vacuum cleaner. Getty Images A robot vacuum cleaner escaped a hotel in England on Thursday, per reports. The automated device was ... Read more »

Only Putin Knows What Happens Next

© Mikhail Svetlov / Getty If Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t about to invade Ukraine—or, more accurately, isn’t about to expand his previous invasion—he’s certainly making a good show of ... Read more »

Martha Stewart, 80, Shares the CBD Cream She Loves to Help Soothe Sore Muscles and Stiffness

Martha Stewart, 80, just launched an extension to her eponymous line of CBD products. One of the brand’s most exciting additions is the Super Strength CBD cream, which has been ... Read more »

The #1 Best Drink to Slow Aging

There is no shame in going through the natural process of aging because everyone goes through it. And while there’s no use in trying to stop it from happening, it’s ... Read more »

Dominic Raab refuses to confirm full publication of Sue Gray partygate report

Dominic Raab has refused to confirm that the Sue Gray report into alleged Downing Street parties will be published in full next week, saying that the amount of detail released ... Read more »

Four teenage boys arrested over fatal stabbing of 16-year-old

Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed on Saturday night in Manchester Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said four boys aged between ... Read more »

Snoop Dogg to DJ at Brooklyn Beckham's star-studded wedding to Nicola Peltz

SNOOP Dogg is set to DJ at Brooklyn Beckham’s star-studded wedding to Nicola Peltz later this year. The rapper, who is good friends with his dad David, is also planning ... Read more »

David Moyes pushing boat out as West Ham look to Everton man to fill problem position

© PA Images Yerry Mina Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton August 2021 West Ham are reportedly targeting a move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin – though the Toffees’ valuation remains a sticking ... Read more »

Nick Kyrgios news: Aussie doubles duo reach the quarter-finals

© PA Images Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis Men’s doubles pairing Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis kept their Australian Open hopes alive by progressing to the quarter-finals after beating Uruguayan Ariel ... Read more »

‘Don't sell him', ‘Outstanding again' – These Nottingham Forest fans react to display from attacker in win over Derby

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Nottingham Forest v Luton Town Nottingham Forest moved up to eighth in the table after an important win over rivals Derby County ... Read more »

When is Disney Twisted Wonderland's regularly scheduled maintenance?

© Provided by GamePur Disney’s Twisted Wonderland, released in Japan first and now finally translated for the Western audience has become very popular. With its huge array of playable storylines, ... Read more »

Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed

© Associated Press/Brittany Peterson Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed America’s independent cattle ranchers say major corporations in the beef industry are squeezing them out – and that ... Read more »

East Timor Nobel laureate Ramos-Horta to run for president again

© Valentino Dariell DE SOUSA Jose Ramos-Horta was a critical figure in East Timor’s independence struggle Former East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta on Sunday announced he would run for the ... Read more »

Hamriyah Free Zone consolidates its position as a favoured investment destination

© Provided by Khaleej Times During the last year, the authority has attracted nine international companies from the USA, African countries, India, and others. — Supplied photo 2021 was a ... Read more »

Pope calls for day of prayer for peace for Ukraine

© Provided by Associated Press Vatican Pope VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his concern over “rising tensions” in Ukraine that threaten peace, and called for political ... Read more »

Boeing and Injaz Al Arab expand partnership towards a greater impact

© Provided by Khaleej Times Through this collaboration with Boeing, Injaz Al Arab and JA Africa will offer participants an interactive learning journey that includes different JA core programs such ... Read more »

We spent £13,000 on a dream extension but cowboy builder left it a roofless wreck

A COUPLE spent £13,000 on a dream extension to their home – but cowboy builders left the addition a “roofless wreck”. Kylie Thomas, 34, and husband David, 39, hired Mark ... Read more »

The TikTok Doctors and Nurses Debunking Pandemic Lies

© TikTok; The Atlantic In the second week of March 2020, uncertainty ruled TikTok. Students shared clips of school PA systems announcing closures and cancellations. Travelers filmed their frantic efforts ... Read more »

Director C.S. Amudhan's film with Vijay Antony titled 'Ratham'

© IANS Director C S Amudhan’s film with Vijay Antony titled Ratham. Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) Director C.S. Amudhan’s eagerly-awaited film, featuring actor Vijay Antony in the lead, has been ... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Parineeti Chopra on Animal and Uunchai: All my failures were worth it because...

© Provided by Pinkvilla Parineeti Chopra is on cloud 9 these days as 2022 is a year full of great work for her. Not only is she making her Television ... Read more »

Could there be a needle-free COVID vaccine?

© Provided by DW A nasal vaccine for COVID may be on the horizon When we think about COVID vaccines, most of us picture a pointy needle — and some ... Read more »

Jhulan Goswami hopes 'those near-misses help us react better in big matches'

Three appearances in the knockouts in as many world tournaments between 2017 and 2020. Yet, a maiden World Cup title has eluded India, their mental toughness in the face of ... Read more »

NRK: Sunday's talks with the Taliban in Oslo will probably affect who they meet next

Sunday’s talks between the Taliban and various activist groups and the media will probably affect who they may meet next, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports. On Sunday, the Taliban will meet ... Read more »

Interview: So wird man Strategieingenieur in der Formel 1

Strategen sind in der Formel 1 dafür verantwortlich, den perfekten Plan für ein Rennen auszuarbeiten. Sie haben eine entscheidende Rolle, ob ein Fahrer ein gutes Ergebnis holt oder nicht. Diese ... Read more »

Activist hedge fund Trian builds stake in Unilever - FT

© Reuters/Mike Blake FILE PHOTO: Nelson Peltz founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP. speak at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California (Reuters) – Trian Partners, Nelson Peltz’s ... Read more »

SMBC Singapore Open: calm Sadom clinches three-stroke win

SINGAPORE — Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana secured the biggest title of his fledgling golf career in winning the US$1.25 million (S$1.7 million) SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Sunday ... Read more »

PAGASA: LPA's trough to bring cloudy skies, rains over Vis-Min

The trough of a low-pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Davao Region, PAGASA said ... Read more »

Gespräche mit Taliban-Delegation in Oslo begonnen

Vertreter der radikalislamischen Miliz diskutieren in Norwegen erstmals mit westlichen Vertretern über die humanitäre Krise und die Menschenrechtslage in Afghanistan. Laut UNO leiden seit der Machtübernahme Millionen Menschen an Hunger. ... Read more »

Body of French adventurer found in boat cabin during solo attempt to row across Atlantic

A 75-year old adventurer has been found dead during an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone, his support team have said. © Reuters Savin had set off from ... Read more »

The Cutest Dog Parents And Their Fur Babies

There’s an old adage that you should never trust someone who doesn’t like dogs. Well, we just made that up, but we stand by it. Because can you honestly say ... Read more »

Stowaway survives in nose wheel of freight flight from South Africa -Dutch police

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -A stowaway was discovered in the wheel section under the front of a freight plane that arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa on Sunday, Dutch military ... Read more »

Boris Johnson’s resignation inevitable, says Scottish Tory chief whip

The resignation of the Prime Minister as a result of the parties held in and around Downing Street during lockdown is “an inevitability”, the Scottish Conservative chief whip has said. ... Read more »

Matthew Wilson killing: Stray bullet ‘travelled through wall and hit him on head’

© a Matthew Wilson and Katherine Shepard on the bed where he was shot.jpg A British astrophysicist was killed by a stray bullet which pierced a wall and hit him ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic