Ohio museum: Sculpture may be idol stolen in India

Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/J.D. Pooley)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum says an 11th-century statue under investigation by federal authorities may have been stolen before the facility purchased it.

The Toledo Museum of Art says it saw no signs of trouble when it bought the small bronze statue of a Hindu deity in 2006 from a New York dealer now charged in India. The statue resembles an idol now listed as stolen in India.

A museum spokeswoman tells The Blade newspaper that the facility is cooperating with the Justice Department’s probe. For now, the museum is keeping the figure.

The facility has twice returned ill-gotten items. A mermaid figure stolen during World War II was returned to a German museum in 2011. An illegally looted ancient water jug was handed over to Italy last year.

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