Saturday, 2 April 2016

Ancient Artifacts Seized in 'Operation Hidden Idol'

A second-century Boddhisattva head
Seizures continue from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which jointly have been tracking antiquities smuggling for the last eight years under the auspices of 'Operation Hidden Idol'.

An 8th century sandstone panel depicting an equestrian deity

A sandstone stele of Rishabhanata from the 10th century

Eighth-century Afghan marble sculpture

Chola-era bronze idol of Shiva and Parvati

A second-century Indian sandstone relief

11th-12th century Chola bronze statue
Saraswati idol made of black stone from late Chalukya

Thousand-year-old bronze Ganesha

Shiva As Lord of the Dance Chola period c.10th/11th