France’s national museum of Asian art, the Musée Guimet, is currently in negotiations with the Nepalese government over two stolen statues, the Art Newspaper reports. The two stelae were removed from a public display more than a decade ago, when historian Lain Singh Bangdel spotted the statues and provided proof that they were stolen.
The loot includes a 12th century stone statue of Lord Vishnu and a 13th century statue of Shiva-Uma. They were reportedly stolen in the late 1970’s from Chyasalhiti, Patan and 1984 from Nasamna Tole, respectively. A museum spokeswoman told TAN, “We intend to reach an agreement regarding the artifacts in advance of a major show devoted to Nepalese artifacts planned for 2016.” She added that the French Ministry of Culture is now reviewing the matter.
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