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Stolen Yogini Sculpture Returned From Paris

on 2013/9/23 4:50:00 ( 1903 reads )


In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs said Robert Schrimpf, a private art collector in Paris, had acquired the 400-kg stolen sculpture of Vrishanana Yogini, a Goddess with a buffalo-shaped head. After his death, his wife Martine Schrimpf donated it to the Indian Embassy in Paris in 2008.Indian Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh told The Hindu in a telephone interview that the return of the sculpture was "a lengthy and complicated process because permission had to be sought for the artefact to leave France. The French were very cooperative, and the Deity has now returned to India and has safely been handed over to the National Museum." Given that many leading museums abroad still have yogini sculptures stolen from places like Kancheepuram, the return of Vrishanana Yogini is significant, said V. Venu, Director-General of the National Museum.

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