Citizen Activists Lead the Hunt for Looted Antiquities from Nepal

Roshan Mishra remembers standing inside the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia looking into the eyes of a woman. wooden goddess believed to be the same artifact that disappeared from a local temple in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, where he lived nearly 50 years ago. Mishra, director of the Taragaon Museum in …

Cambodia Says Met Museum Has Dozens of Looted Antiquities

Cambodia has begun pressing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to document how Cambodian officials obtained dozens of Khmer Empire antiquities that they believe were looted during the country’s decades of war and turmoil, citing new evidence. Although it forced Cambodia Met and other museums He says that this effort is much more extensive …

Antiquities Dealer Admits Mass-Production Counterfeits He Has Sold For Years

For decades, customers interested in rare items of all kinds – ancient coins, sarcophagus masks, prehistoric fossils – went to Mehrdad Sadigh’s gallery near the Empire State Building in Manhattan. Items came with certificates of authenticity, and the gallery’s website was filled with praise from customers who appreciated the elegant touch it brought to its …

Antiquities Dealer Blames His Role in Selling Looted Items

The operator of a Manhattan gallery known for its expertise in ancient Asian works has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and possession of stolen goods in connection with the smuggling of looted treasures from India and Southeast Asia. Some of the items he sold to major museums in Australia and Singapore, and others were …

Investigators Say It Has Been Selling Many Counterfeit Antiquities For Decades

Looted antiques have been a priority for law enforcement for years, not only because the smuggling of antiquities damages the cultural heritage of their country of origin, but also because illegal sales sometimes finance the operations of drug gangs or terrorist organizations. But prosecutors say Mehrdad Sadigh, a New York antiques dealer whose gallery has …