India Says LACMA Sculptures Were Smuggled
|Shridevi, Vishnu, and Bhudevi, 13th Century. LACMA, claimed by India|
Days after the Getty Poet and Sirens story broke, another admired sculptural trio in a Los Angeles museum is facing charges of having been smuggled. Dt Next is reporting that India's Tamil Nadu Idol Wing have identified three LACMA sculptures as having been stolen from Venugopalaswamy Temple in southeastern India. The investigators have filed documents asking for their return.
The 13th-century Tamil Nadu copper-alloy figures of Hindu deities Vishnu, Bhudevi, and Shridevi were 1970 gifts of Anna Bing Arnold. The tallest, Vishnu, stands 40 inches high. The temple had no photos of the missing idols, but the French Institute of Pondicherry did. This prompted to an online image search that led investigators to the photos on LACMA's site.