We are proud that France Desmarais, our Director of Programmes, has been able to help solve this case that illustrates the importance of international cooperation, and the role of civil society and NGOs in the protection of cultural heritage at risk.
"After reviewing the documentation we had provided to the London police, [Detective Constable] Hayes contacted France Desmarais of the International Council of Museums - ICOM.
Desmarais arranged for a neutral external expert opinion on the Buddha currently held in the UK by the antiquities dealer for the consignor. This evaluation was conducted for evidence of authenticity as well as in comparison to the evidence provided by ARCA and India Pride Project related to the theft in Nalanda, Bihar 57 years ago.
ICOM's expert found the bronze in question to be an authentic, and a match to one of the 14 objects stolen in 1961."
(With Lynda Albertson of ARCA)
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