The National Gallery of Australia will return 14 works from its Asian art collection to the Indian government, including bronze and stone sculptures, a painted scroll, and six photographs. The value of this is estimated to be AU $3 million. These pieces of art were likely stolen, illegally excavated, exported in contravention of the law, or unethically acquired. “This is the right thing to do. It’s culturally responsible and the result of collaboration between Australia and India,” said Nick Mitzevich, the director of the National Gallery of Australia in a statement. The Manhattan district attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint against Subhash Kapoor in 2019 alleging he orchestrated the trafficking of more than 2600 looted objects into the US from 1986 to 2016.
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