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11th century TMA statue may have been stolen in India

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This 11th century statue of the Hindu god Ganesha may have been stolen before it was sold to the Toledo Museum of Art. This 11th century statue of the Hindu god Ganesha may have been stolen before it was sold to the Toledo Museum of Art.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The United States Justice Department is investigation the possibility that a sculpture from the 11th century may have been stolen before it was bought by the Toledo Museum of Art.

The small statue of the Hindu god Ganesha was purchased by the museum from an art dealer in 2006. The museum says the dealer, Subhash Kapoor, was later arrested.

"That created shock waves throughout the art world," said TMA Communications Director Kelly Garrow.

Garrow says the museum began an internal investigation. Things picked up with the museum heard from police in southern India that a sculpture similar to their Ganesha statue had been reported stolen.

"So we decided to write a second letter to a government officer and post everything we had purchased from Subhash Kapoor on our website and inquire from the public any information anyone had," said Garrow.

Two days later, the Justice Department informed the museum they are looking into the matter.

Garrow says the museum always researches art dealers before buying anything, and never saw these charges coming.

"Unfortunately this particular art dealer, even though he had a spotless reputation for 35 years in the business, at some point he allegedly started dealing stolen property and we were a victim of that," said Garrow.

The statue will remain at the Toledo Museum of Art until the investigation is completed.

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