पर्यटन बजार२५ फाल्गुन २०७७, मंगलवार मा प्रकाशित
March 9,kathmandu.The US government has handed over a statue of Vasudev-Kamalaja (Lakshmi Narayan) stolen from Patan to Nepal’s Ambassador to the US Dr. Yuvraj Khatiwada.
The statue was handed over to Ambassador Khatiwada by US Government Representative and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Timothy Ann Dunham at a ceremony at the Embassy.
The statue, which has been missing for 35 years, was on display at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas. Archaeologists have since become involved in international affairs. According to Erin L. Thomson, a professor at John-J College in New York, who reported the stolen statue to the United States, the Dallas Museum wanted to return the statue to Nepal. But for that, the legal officer of the museum had demanded proof of the theft of the idol from Nepal and a police report.
The statue belongs to the Patan Temple and has been on display at the Dallas Museum of Art since 1990 (2046). On the occasion, Ambassador Dr. Khatiwada praised the US Government and expressed his gratitude.
Special thanks are also extended to the invited media, dignitaries, the US State Department, the US Embassy in Kathmandu, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the organizations involved in the return of the statue. Ambassador Dr. Khatiwada also gave a brief introduction of Nepal.
Ervin Masinga, chief deputy assistant secretary of state expressed his commitment to continue supporting the protection and preservation of Nepal’s cultural heritage.