Quantcast

Archives by Month: September, 2013

In our ongoing series on the stolen bronzes, we present today further evidence / clues to the identity of a few bronzes seized by America - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as per their earlier press releases

121205newyork_lg

As before we have compared the images from Idol wing press release ( albeit very poor quality images) and progress made till date is shown in this file with images already identified with red ticks and subjects taken for today highlighted in red boxes.

idol_wing

We have one more bronzes which does not figure in the Idol Wing press release but was reported in the Hindu paper article - of Chandikeshwara.

07SepTHPPR01_Idol__1203368e

It is also important to point out that as per this article of the New Indian Express states 26 missing bronzes - the idol wing has photos of only 15 (+1 - the nataraja + umai combo) - 16 in all. With the Chandikeshwara it is 17 now still leading 9 unaccounted for.

Coming back to our study, lets take the bronzes from right to left of the photograph.

1. Sripuranthan Thani Amman.

Cropped photo from ICE

thaniamman

Cropped photo from Idol Wing

idols_foreign(1)_page2_image13

Side by Side Comparison

thaniamman_ice
thanimann_compare

2. Suthamalli Astra Devar

Cropped photo from ICE

astradevar_suthamalli

Cropped photo from Idol wing ( actually the Idol wing image seems to be transposed)

idols_foreign(1)_page2_image5

Corrected Idol Wing photo

idols_foreign(1)_page2_image5flip

Side by side comparison

astradevar_ice
astradevar_compare

3. Suthamalli Sivagami Amman

Cropped Photo from ICE

uma_sripuranthan

Cropped photo from Idol Wing

idols_foreign(1)_page2_image4

Side by Side comparison

uma_ice_1
uma2_compare

4. Chandikeswarar

Cropped Photo from ICE

chandi

Image from Hindu paper

07SepTHPPR01_Idol__1203368e

Side by side comparison

chandi_compare

5. Sripuranthan Sivagami Amman

Cropped Photo from ICE

sripurathan uma2

Cropped photo from Idol Wing

sripurathan_uma

Side by side comparison

uma_ice_2
uma_compare

With better quality photos the case for seeking return of these bronzes must be simple enough !!

Leave a comment »

Today we make further progress in this case. We are in the pursuit of the very first image in Idol wing document.

idol_wing

Titled Sivagami Amman or Thani Amman in it. Lets take a closer look.

Suthamalli_Sivagami

Now we go back to another catalogue from the accused’s gallery Art of Past. This time is March 2011 - a full 6 years after the loot and 2 years after the Idol wing published the photographs.

march2011

And take a look at the Catalogue item number 10 - Titled Devi Uma Parameshvari

catalogue1
catalogue2

It has some very stunning photographs of the Devi from different angles. Lets take a closer look a them.

uma2
uma2 rev
uma 2 close
uma 2 base
uma 2 closecc

Now, lets compare the two bronzes side by side.

compare1
compare2

Focusing more closely

compare3
compare31

Do you notice the similarities. Some more to assist you.

compare4
compare41

Compare the lower body and the base

compare5
compare6

The audacity of the idol smugglers is thus revealed - to attempt to sell a published stolen bronze so brazenly. As long as we do not have a comprehensive policy to photodocument and archive them properly the loot will continue. Our temples and custodians must see the strong deterrent such an effort can be, but till they are stubbornly spurning it away - How can we make them aware that its high time they realise that technology and advances in making such archives cost effective, easily accessible databases could put an end to this loot.

We will continue our pursuit…

Leave a comment »

 Page 1 of 3  1  2  3 »