Toledo Museum of Art to Return Antiquities

Max Bearak reports in the New York Times that the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio has decided to return four objects of Indian art currently on display in their galleries to India after determining that their provenance had been falsified or was not verifiable. All four were bought from the now-disgraced Subhash Kapoor, a former dealer in New York who has been charged with theft and smuggling and is awaiting trial in India.

The museum’s director, Brian Kennedy, said, “The Indian diplomats with whom we have been dealing with have been appreciative of our determination to examine the provenance issue and our commitment to return the objects if they had been at issue, which they were found to be.” Kennedy further noted that 110 other items donated by Kapoor to the museum would also be returned to India.

United States officials are currently pursuing criminal charges against Kapoor as well, describing him as the most ambitious antiquities smuggler in American history.