Museums and galleries in the West have started returning Nepal’s stolen religious objects after relentless campaigning by activists. Now there is a challenge of safeguarding repatriated pieces in their original place. Back in 2002, Nepali Times covered the return of a 200-year-old Dipankar Buddha stolen from Patan and tracked to a collector in Vienna. One of the first instances of a stolen idol being returned to Nepal.
May 20, 2022