US government hands over lost antiquities to Nepal

Three antiquities that the US government handed over to Nepal years after they were stolen from Nepal, in April 2021.

Kathmandu, April 2

The Consulate General of Nepal in New York received three Nepali lost antiquities from the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York on Thursday.

Nepal’s Acting Consul General Bishnu Prasad Gautam and District Attorney of New York County, Cyrus Vance Jr, signed an agreement about the recovery, handover and repatriation of various idols to Nepal.

Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the executive district attorney of New York county, handed over the antiquities to the acting consul general at a ceremony.

Here is a list of the received antiquities:

  1. Seated Ganesha, circa 15-16th Century AD, size 3.13 x 2.12 x 5.5 inch
  2. Seated Buddha in Bhumisparsa Mudra, circa 14-15th Century AD, size 7.13 x 4.5 x 9 inch
  3. A wooden beam depicting a coloured Apsara, circa 13th Century AD, size 8 x 9 x 50 inch

The consulate will send these treasures to Nepal soon, it has been learned.

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