Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. has announced the return of a pair of antique statues of Buddha valued at approximately $66,000 to Sri Lanka.
The pair of statues were seized pursuant to the D.A.’s Office’s investigation of Subhash Kapoor. The statutes date back to the 18th Century C.E. and measure approximately 14 inches in height.
The antiquities were returned during a repatriation ceremony attended by Permanent Representative or Sri Lanka to the UN, Ambassador Mohan Pieris and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (‘HSI’) Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge Erik Rosenblatt.
‘This remarkable pair was part of the collection of thousands of looted and stolen antiquities that my Office’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit and our partners at Homeland Security Investigations seized from Subhash Kapoor,’ said District Attorney Vance.