US officials to repatriating stolen Indian art
NEW YORK (AP) -- An antique sculpture that is one of the world's most wanted stolen artworks is being returned to India.
The sandstone work is one of three sculptures worth at least $1.5 million being handed over to Indian diplomats Tuesday at a Manhattan ceremony.
U.S. customs officials say the three artworks were part of a stash smuggled into the United States by an art dealer.
Customs agents seized the pieces more than a year ago from a storage facility on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Officials say that's where gallery owner Subhash Kapoor (soob-ASH' kah-POOR') kept the art.
The works originally graced temples in India's Tamil Nadu region.
U.S. officials say Kapoor created false provenances for the illicit antiquities. The dealer was arrested in 2011 in Germany and faces criminal charges in India.