By Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, October 1 (PTI) An American museum returned to Nepal a 10th century statue of Shiva, which belonged to the Kankeswari temple in Kathmandu and which was stolen in 1995.
The Nepalese Consulate General in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Thursday the return of the stone sculpture, Shiva to the Himalayan abode with ascetics, in Nepal, according to a statement released by the Nepalese Consulate General in the United States. United.
An agreement was signed by Bishnu Prasad Gautam, acting consul general, and Daniel H Weiss, president and CEO of the museum, he said.
The sculpture depicts Lord Shiva, a revered Hindu deity, with his two ascetic disciples in a mountain abode at Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. The 13-inch-high stone sculpture was sent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995 and remained in its collection until recently.
Research conducted by the museum based on the book by famous Nepalese scholar Lain Singh Bangdel, Inventory of Stone Sculptures of Kathmandu Valley, determined that the object belonged to the Kankeswari temple in Kathmandu and was due to be returned to Nepal, according to the statement mentioned.
The museum contacted the government of Nepal earlier this year to offer to return the sculpture, and arranged for the object to be transported to Nepal.
Speaking on the occasion, the Acting Consul General said: “We are grateful to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its President and CEO, the Board of Trustees and museum officials for their initiative and cooperation in the return of this lost artifact in Nepal. “
The President and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art noted that the museum is committed to responsible acquisition of archaeological art and applies rigorous provenance standards to both new acquisitions and study long standing works in its collection in an ongoing effort to learn as much as possible. on the property history. PTI SBP MRJ MRJ
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