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8th-century Afghan statue seized in New York raid

8th-century Afghan statue seized in New York raid

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Mar 17, 2016 - 10:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An eighth-century marble sculpture from Afghanistaninfo-icon has been seized by federal agents from a Manhattan gallery in the United States, a media report said on Thursday.

The statue of Hindu deities Shiva and Parvatiwas seized from a gangplank, where it was exhibited by the owner of the Milan-based Dalton Somaré art gallery.

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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