Ninth-century statute to return to Nepal

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Kathmandu: The Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut, USA, is returning a 9th-century stone statue of Tara/Parvati to Nepal. The statute remained in the permanent collection of the gallery.

An understanding was signed between the Nepali Consulate General in New York and Yale University Art Gallery on Friday to return the statue to Nepal, according to the Consulate General.

The idol had gone missing from the Birbhadreshwar Mahadev Temple at Golmadi in Bhaktapur in 2032 BS. The sculpture was reportedly donated to the Yale University Art Gallery by a donor seven years ago.

The gallery and Nepal’s Department of Archaeology had conducted separate investigations to ensure whether the statue belonged to Nepal. The Consulate General in New York will return the sculpture to Nepal in coordination with the Art Gallery and the Department of Archaeology.