Met Museum to return ancient sculpture to Nepal

Met Museum to return ancient sculpture to Nepal

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Wednesday that it will return a religious sculpture from the 10th century to Nepal after researchers found gaps in its provenance record. Experts of the region’s cultural history said that the icon was likely stolen from a temple shrine in the Kathmandu Valley nearly 50 years ago. The sculpture depicts Lord Shiva, a revered Hindu deity, with two disciples in an abode atop Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. Clouds burst from the background of the haloed god, who holds a flask filled with amrita, an ambrosia from the churning of the ocean that represents the origins of life. Acting Consul General Bishnu Prasad Gautam of Nepal said
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Wednesday that it will return a religious sculpture from the 10th century to Nepal after researchers found gaps in its provenance record. Experts of the region’s cultural history said that the icon was likely stolen from a temple shrine in the Kathmandu Valley nearly 50 years ago. The sculpture depicts Lord Shiva, a revered Hindu deity, with two disciples in an abode atop Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. Clouds burst from the background of the haloed god, who holds a flask filled with amrita, an ambrosia from the churning of the ocean that represents the origins of life. Acting Consul General Bishnu Prasad Gautam of Nepal said