8th-century Afghan statue seized in New York raid
Acting in conjunction with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, federal agents wrapped the relic in protective mats and loaded it onto a truck, The New York Times reported.
Two sculptures were seized on Friday, the newspaper said, adding and another that was being shipped into New York for sale was captured on Tuesday.
According to the report, the items were to be displayed as part of Asia Week New York, a 10-day event in which more than 40 galleries and several auction houses show and sell paintings, sculptures, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, prints and photographs.
Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office,was quoted as saying: “This item (valued at $450,000) is part of a seriousinternational criminal investigation.”
The seizures are part of an operation by Manhattan prosecutors and federal agents to recover objects stolen from temples and other ancient sites in Asia.
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