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Yale Museum surrenders 13 stolen South Asian artifacts worth over $1 million

Yale University Art Gallery
  • Yale University Art Gallery, the oldest art gallery in America, relinquished 13 South Asian artifacts worth over $1 million to Homeland Security and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as part of an investigation into infamous antiquities thief Subhash Kapoor.
  • Twelve of the artifacts are from India, with two reportedly having been stolen from a temple, and one is from Burma.
  • Nine were donated by the Rubin-Ladd Foundation, which may have donated to other museums linked to Kapoor in Ohio, Massachusetts and Honolulu.
  • Some of the items purportedly stolen include a statue of Kubera, a god of wealth, valued at $550,000, and a marble arch valued at $85,000.
  • Kapoor was a world-renowned art dealer but is now in prison in India for art theft crimes spanning 30 years and $145 million in stolen works from around the world. Some items in the investigation are reportedly still missing, while some are being returned to their respective provenances.

Yale University Art Gallery surrendered 13 South Asian artifacts thought to be worth more than $1 million to Homeland Security and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, as the pieces may be tied to an accused antiquities smuggler, Subhash Kapoor

While Homeland Security could not disclose the full parameters of their investigation, a statement released by them indicated that the pieces are “connected to either Subhash Kapoor or his overseas suppliers.”