Among a number of artifacts that were illegally exported from Pakistan and are now being returned is a statue of a starving Buddha that at least one expert in London thinks is fake.
Starving Buddha sculpture returned to Pakistan
But leading London expert says it’s a fake
By Martha Lufkin | Posted 22 March 2007
NEWARK. A group of artefacts said to have been illicitly exported from Pakistan were handed over to the Pakistani government on 23 January by the US Department of Homeland Security. A prominent London art expert believes that one of the objects restituted, a “Starving Buddha”, is a fake. However, US Customs said that the Pakistani government had determined that the objects were authentic.
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