Restitution of art: Some examples


2020: A Sumerian limestone votive wall plaque dating to 2400 BC and looted from Iraq, will soon be returned by the British Museum in the United Kingdom to Iraq.   

2014: Two maithuna bas-reliefs from the ninth and tenth centuries, depicting intertwined lovers and stolen from a temple in Rajasthan in 2009, were returned to India by the United States. 

2010: A Makonde mask, stolen in 1984 from the National Museum in Dar es Salaam, was returned by the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, to the United Republic of Tanzania.  

2006: The G’psgolox totem pole belonging to the Haisla First Nation tribe, was returned to Canada by the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first totem pole to be restituted by a European state. 

2000: A twelfth-century Uma Maheshwar stone sculpture depicting the Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati, stolen from Nepal in 1982, was returned to Nepal by the Museum of Indian Art in Berlin, Germany.

1989: A Paracas mantle, a 2000-year-old textile stolen from the National Museum in Lima, was returned to Peru by the National Gallery of Australia.


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