Ohio museum returning possibly stolen artworks to India

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Posted: Sep 28, 2015 9:23 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio art museum says four rare artworks believed to be stolen are being returned to India.

Director Brian Kennedy recently announced that the Toledo Museum of Art made arrangements with the Embassy of India to return the objects, including a bronze sculpture and carved stone.

Kennedy says the facility had been in discussions with the Justice Department and the Republic of India about the pieces, which came from a former art dealer now accused of illegal exportation and other crimes.

The museum also says it is returning over 110 items that were donated by the dealer and his gallery but weren't added to the museum's collection.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1KxDi9g ) reports the dealer was arrested in Germany in 2011 and extradited to India, where his case is pending.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/