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  THE HUNTINGTON ARCHIVE
Lost, Stolen, and Damaged Images: Nepal

NEPAL

The visual resources found in this site have been organized according to subject matter. The accompanying data reflects the research and scholarly efforts of Lain S. Bangdel, Nepal's leading art historian. The actual or approximate (when not recorded) height of the images is given in inches. The dates indicating when the images were stolen, removed, or damaged are based upon information provided by local residents and police records. Except as noted, all of the images were photographed by Lain S. Bangdel, and published in his book, Stolen Images of Nepal.


Brahma

Brahma

From Mrigasthali, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 11"

12th century C.E.

Stolen in the early 1980's
Brahma

From Mrigasthali, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 11"

12th century C.E.

Stolen in the early 1980's
Brahma

From Deopatan, Nepal

6th century C.E.

There was an attempt to steal this image in the early 1980's. It was later found abandoned outside the sanctuary and is now kept in police custody.
Brahma

From Chapagaon, Nepal

6th century C.E.

During the past several years there have been several unsuccessful attempts to steal the image. Now it is protected by iron bars.

Vaisnava Sculpture

Visnu

Visnu, headless

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 14"

14th century C.E.

stolen in July 1986
Garudasana Visnu

From Hyumat-tol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 14"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Another view of Garudasana Visnu
(see previous image)

From Hyumat-tol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 14"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Visnu, standing

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 26"

17th century C.E.

stolen in June, 1985
Visnu, standing

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: 19"

5th century C.E.

stolen in February, 1986
Visnu, side view
(see previous color image)

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: 19"

5th century C.E.

stolen in February, 1986
View of the half-buried image of Visnu (before renovation)
(see previous color image)

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: 19"

5th century C.E.

stolen in February, 1986
Another view of Visnu
(see previous color image)

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: 19"

5th century C.E.

stolen in February, 1986
A view after the image of Visnu was stolen
(see previous color image)

From Bhuvanesvari Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: 19"

5th century C.E.

stolen in February, 1986
Visnu, standing

From Jyathatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Stone

H: 20"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Empty niche of the stolen Visnu

From Jyathatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Stone

H: 20"

10th century C.E.

image was stolen in the late 1970's
Visnu with Laksmi and Garuda

From Tilmadhava Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

12th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Broken wall after the image of Visnu was stolen

From Tilmadhava Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

12th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Visnu

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Stone

H: 33"

17th century C.E.

stolen on December 28, 1986
Visnu
(see previous color image)

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Stone

H: 33"

17th century C.E.

stolen on December 28, 1986
Visvarupa Visnu before the image of Surya (on the right) was stolen
(see two previous images)

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Stone

15th century C.E.

Surya stolen in 1982
Garudasana Visnu

From Jaibagesvari, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

12th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
Visnu

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 16"

6th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Visnu
(detail of previous color image)

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 16"

6th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Visnu with Laksmi and Garuda
(also see following color image)

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Stone

H: 11"

14th century C.E.

stolen in 1983
Visnu with Laksmi and Garuda

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Stone

H: 11"

14th century C.E.

stolen in 1983
Empty niche where the image of Visnu was located
(also see previous color image)

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Stone

H: 11"

14th century C.E.

image was stolen in 1983
Visnu, standing

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Garudasana Visnu
(also see previous color image)

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 19"

13th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Garudasana Visnu

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 19"

13th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
New copy of Garudasana Visnu

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 19"

13th century C.E.

The original image was stolen in the late 1970's and the local people replaced it with the one seen here.
Visnu with Laksmi and Garuda

From Kumbhesvara-dhara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 30"

17th century C.E.

stolen in January, 1985
A view of the broken wall after the image of Visnu (previous image) was stolen

From Kumbhesvara-dhara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 30"

17th century C.E.

image was stolen in January, 1985
Visnu with Two Female Deities

From Tunlatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Stone

H: of Vishnu ca. 80", of female deities: 22"

17th century C.E.

the two female deities were stolen in the early 1980's
View of Visnu after the Two Female Deities were stolen
(see previous image)

From Tunlatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Stone

H: of Visnu ca. 80", of female deities 22"

17th century C.E.

the two female deities were stolen in the early 1980's
Chaturmurti Visnu

From Maligaon, Nepal

Stone

10th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1980's, but was later recovered and reinstalled in its original place.
Visvarupa Visnu

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Stone

7th century C.E.

There have been several attempts to steal this image.

Avatars

Rama
(also see following color image)

From Rudragadesvara, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 18"

10th-11th century C.E.

stolen July 27, 1985
Rama

From Rudragadesvara, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 18"

10th-11th century C.E.

stolen July 27, 1985
Parasurama

From Rudragadesvara, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

H: 22"

11th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1983
Varaha, the Boar incarnation of Visnu

From Dhumvarahi, Nepal

Stone

7th century C.E.

There was an attempt to steal the image of Varaha in late 1983, after the image of the Earth Goddess was stolen. The image is now protected by heavy iron bars.
Visnu Vikranta

From Shikhara Narayana, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

The image was broken into two pieces during an attempt to steal the image in the early 1980's (see following image)
Visnu Vikranta

From Shikhara Narayana, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

The image was broken into two pieces during an attempt to steal the image in the early 1980's.

Laksmi and Garuda

Laksmi

From Shankhamul, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 12"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Garuda

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: ca. 13"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
A view of the broken wall after an image of Lakshmi-Narayana was stolen

From Nasamanatol, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Stone

H: 38"

15th century C.E.

image was stolen in the early 1980's
Garuda

From Naksal Bhagavati, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 8"

13th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
Garuda

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Stone

7th century C.E.

stolen in 1984, but later recovered and reinstalled in its original place

Saiva Sculpture

Siva

Siva

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Black limestone

H: 21"

13th century C.E.

stolen in late 1986
A view of the broken wall after the image of Siva (previous image) was stolen.

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Black limestone

13th century C.E.

Image was stolen in late 1986.
Shiva-Kamadeva

From Mrigasthali, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: 32"

19th century A.D.

stolen in the early 1980's
Empty niche where Siva-Kamadeva (previous image) was located.

From Mrigasthali, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: 32"

19th century C.E.

Image stolen in the early 1980's

Uma-Mahesvara

Uma-Mahesvara

From Nayapachatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 56"

11th century C.E.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Nayapachatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

11th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
Uma-Mahesvara
(detail of previous color image)

From Nayapachatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

11th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
Uma-Mahesvara

From Gahiti, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 29 1/2"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1960's
Uma-Mahesvara

From Gahiti, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 29 1/2"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1960's
Uma-Mahesvara

From Chupping-ghat, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

15th century C.E.

stolen in October, 1984
Uma-Mahesvara

From Chupping-ghat, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

15th century A.D.

stolen in October, 1984
Uma-Mahesvara

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 30"

14th century C.E.

stolen in October, 1985
Another view of Uma-Mahesvara
(see previous color image)

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 30"

14th century C.E.

stolen in October, 1985
A view of the broken wall after the image of Uma-Mahesvara (previous color image) was stolen.

From Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 30"

14th century C.E.

Image stolen in October, 1985
Uma-Mahesvara

From Jaibagesvari, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 23"

14th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
Parvati

From Sarasvati-kunda, Lele, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: ca. 24"

15th century C.E.

stolen in October, 1984
Uma-Mahesvara

From Wotol, Dhulikhel, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

12th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Uma-Mahesvara

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Light grey limestone

H: ca. 16"

C.E. 1414

stolen in July 1985
Another view of Uma-Mahesvara
(see previous color image)

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Light grey limestone

H: ca. 16"

C.E. 1414

stolen in July 1985
Uma-Mahesvara

From Ekalkhu, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 26"

16th century C.E.

stolen in 1983
Uma-Mahesvara

From Nasamanatol, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Light grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

12th century A.D.

stolen on May 23, 1984
Uma-Mahesvara
(detail of previous image)

From Nasamanatol, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Light grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

12th century C.E.

stolen on May 23, 1984
Uma-Mahesvara

From Bhagavati Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 19"

14th century A.D.

stolen in late 1985
Empty niche after the image of Uma-Mahesvara (previous image) was stolen.

From Bhagavati Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 19"

14th century C.E.

Image stolen in late 1985
Uma-Mahesvara

Images of Female Divinity (on the left) and Surya (on the right) were stolen in the early 1980's.
(see following two images)

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.
Female Divinity

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Surya

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 10"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Uma-Mahesvara

After the images of Female Divinity (on the left) and Surya (on the right) were stolen
(see previous two images)

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Sarasvati-kunda, Lele, Nepal

Stone

12th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the late 1970's, but later recovered and reinstalled in its original location.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Dugahiti, Sankhu, Nepal

Stone

9th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1970's, but later recovered and is now kept at the Archaeological Garden in Patan.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Amarkantesvara, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

8th century C.E.

The image was stolen in July 1983, but was later found buried in the bank of the Bagmati River and is now in the custody of the police.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Chyasalhiti, Nepal

Stone

12th century C.E.

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to steal this image in the past and it is now protected by iron bars.
Uma-Mahesvara

From Ganesha Temple, Pulchowk, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 24"

12th century C.E.

stolen in 1985
Uma-Mahesvara

From Tangalhiti, Patan, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 21"

12th-13th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's.

Caturmukha Linga

Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Panchadevala, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

8th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1984
Chaturmukha Shiva-linga

From Dakshinamurtitol, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 13"

15th century A.D.

stolen in February, 1985
Empty base after the Caturmukha Siva-linga (previous image) was stolen.

From Dakshinamurtitol, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 13"

15th century C.E.

Image stolen in February, 1985
Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Mrigasthali, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 25"

5th century C.E.

stolen in June, 1987
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Mrigasthali, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 25"

5th century C.E.

stolen in June, 1987
Side view of Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Mrigasthali, Pashupati, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 25"

5th century C.E.

stolen in June, 1987
Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Chyasalhiti, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 23"

11th-12th century C.E.

stolen in 1983
Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Sarasvati-kunda, Lele, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 27"

12th century C.E.

stolen in 1980
Caturmukha Siva-linga

From Lele Village, Nepal

Stone

17th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1980's, but later found, along with this image and this image buried in the bank of Bagmati River.

The image is now kept at the Pharping police post.

Ekamukha Linga

Ekamukha Siva-linga

From Rajrajesvari-ghat, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 14"

12th century C.E.

stolen in January, 1985
Ekamukha Siva-linga
(detail of previous image)

From Rajrajesvari-ghat, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 14"

12th century C.E.

stolen in January, 1985
Ekamukha Siva-linga

From Mrigasthali, Nepal

Stone

5th century C.E.

There have been several attempts to steal this image in the past ten years.
Ekamukha Siva-linga
(detail of previous image)

From Mrigasthali, Nepal

Stone

5th century C.E.

There have been several attempts to steal this image in the past ten years.

Surya

Surya

From Saugal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

1083 C.E.

stolen May 16, 1985
Inscription from previous Surya image

From Saugal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

1083 C.E.

stolen May 16, 1985
Another view of Surya
(see previous two images)

From Saugal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

1083 C.E.

stolen May 16, 1985
Surya, protected by an iron grille

From Saugal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

1083 C.E.

stolen May 16, 1985
Original location of Surya image, (previous two images), before it was stolen.

From Saugal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 34"

1083 C.E.

stolen May 16, 1985
Surya

From Surya-kunda, Shikara Narayana, Pharping, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

14th century C.E.

stolen in March, 1985
The pedestal of the stolen image of Surya
(see previous image)

From Surya-kunda, Shikara Narayana, Pharping, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

14th century C.E.

image stolen in March, 1985
Surya
(also see following color image)

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 11"

15th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Surya

From Changu Narayana, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 11"

15th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Surya

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 14"

14th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
View of the broken wall after the image of Surya (previous image) was stolen.

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 14"

14th century C.E.

image was stolen in the early 1980's
Surya, flanked by Siva and Visnu

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 26"

14th century C.E.

stolen in 1981
Surya, flanked by Siva and Visnu
(detail of previous image)

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 26"

14th century C.E.

stolen in 1981
Empty niche where Surya image (previous image) was originally located.

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 26"

14th century C.E.

image was stolen in 1981
Surya, with Navagrahas

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Black limestone

H: 26"

14th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Empty niche after the image of Surya (previous image) was stolen.

From Tribenighat, Panauti, Nepal

Black limestone

H: 26"

14th century C.E.

image was stolen in the early 1980's
Surya

From Guitol, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 20"

15th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Surya

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 12"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Surya

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

ca. 18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
Siva-Kamadeva

From Aryaghat, Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 20"

19th century C.E.

stolen in early 1982
Surya

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 10"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Another view of Surya

From Sundhara, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 10"

18th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Surya, with Navagrahas
(detail of following two images)

From Surya-kunda, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Surya, with Navagrahas
(see previous and following images)

From Surya-kunda, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1980's, but was found buried in the bank of the Bagmati River. It is now kept at the Pharping police post.
Surya, with Navagrahas
(see previous two images)

From Surya-kunda, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

14th century C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1980's, but was found buried in the bank of the Bagmati River. It is now kept at the Pharping police post.

Buddhist

Buddha, seated

Buddha, seated

From Kunti-bahi Caitya, Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

H: 20"

6th century C.E.

Stolen in April, 1985
Buddha, seated
(detail of previous image)

From Kunti-bahi Caitya, Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

H: 20"

6th century C.E.

Stolen in April, 1985
Empty niche where the image of Buddha (previous two images) was originally located.

From Kunti-bahi Caitya, Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

6th century C.E.

Image stolen from niche in April, 1985
Kunti-bahi Caitya

From Kumbhesvara Temple, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

6th century C.E.
Buddha, flanked by Bodhisattvas

From Alkohiti, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 14"

14th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Buddha, flanked by Bodhisattvas

From Alkohiti, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

9th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Empty niche where the image of Buddha (previous image) was located.

From Alkohiti, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

9th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Buddha, seated

From Guitol Stupa, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: 21"

19th century C.E.

stolen in September 1985
Buddha, flanked by Bodhisattvas

From Guitol, Patan, Nepal

Stone

6th century C.E.

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to steal this image. It is now secured by cement plaster and iron bars.

Buddha, standing

Buddha, standing

Stone

H: 37"

5th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1985
Buddha, standing
(see previous image)

From Chabahil, Deopatan, Nepal

Stone

H: 37"

5th century C.E.

stolen in July, 1985
Buddha, standing

From Vinchey-bahal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 20 1/2"

9th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Buddha, standing
(see following two images)

From Nakabahi Caitya, Patan, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: 24"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
Buddha, standing
(side view of previous image)

From Nakabahi Caitya, Patan, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: 24"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
View of Nakabahi Caitya after the image of Buddha (previous two images) was stolen.

From Nakabahi, Patan, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

10th century C.E.

Buddha was stolen in the mid 1970's
Buddha, standing
(see following two images)

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: ca. 34"

9th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Buddha, standing
(detail of previous image)

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Dark limestone

H: ca. 34"

9th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Empty niche where the image of Buddha (previous two images) was originally located.

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Stone

9th century C.E.

image stolen in 1982
Buddha, standing
(see following two images)

From Nakabahi, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

H: 19"

10th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Nakabahi Caitya with two Buddha images
(see previous and following images)

From Nakabahi, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

10th century C.E.

images stolen in the mid and late 1970's
Nakabahi Caitya after the two Buddha images (previous two images) were stolen.

From Nakabahi, Patan, Nepal

Dark-grey limestone

10th century C.E.

images stolen in the mid to late 1970's
Buddha, standing

From Vajrayogini Temple, Sankhu, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 40"

13th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1980's
Buddha, standing

From Yatkhatol, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 35"

11th-12th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1986
Buddha's Descent from Tushita Heaven

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 21"

8th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1985
Buddha's Descent from Tushita Heaven
(detail of previous image)

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 21"

8th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1985
Buddha, standing

From a Law Firm, Ram Shah Path, Nepal

Stone

7th century C.E.

During an attempt to steal this image it was broken into pieces.
Buddha, standing

From Rajrajesvarighat, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

12th century C.E.

Several unsuccessful attempts have been made to steal this image in the past few years.
Buddha, standing

From Yampibahal, Patan, Nepal

Stone

6th century C.E.

There were several unsuccessful attempts to steal this image. It is now protected by heavy cement plaster and iron bars.
Buddha, standing

From Bangemura, Kathmandu, Nepal

Stone

5th century C.E.

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to steal this image. It is now protected by iron bars.

Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

From Hadigaon, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 23"

ca. 12th century C.E.

Stolen in late 1984
Bodhisattva Padmapani

From Jaibagesvari, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 22"

15th century C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
Bodhisattva Padmapani

From Guitol, Patan, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: 20"

9th century C.E.

stolen in late 1981
Padmapani Avalokitesvara

From Tunani, Patan, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 27"

9th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1970's
Bodhisattva Padmapani

From Alkohiti, Patan, Nepal

Stone

12th century C.E.

There was an unsuccessful attempt to steal the image in the early 1980's. Installed at the Gopichand Mahavihara
Bodhisattva Padmapani

From Ganabahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Stone

550 C.E.

There have been four attempts to steal this image in the past twelve years.
Bodhisattva Padmapani, view from left
(detail of previous image)

From Ganabahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Stone

550 C.E.

There have been four attempts to steal this image in the past twelve years. It was broken into two pieces during one of the attempts.

Buddha Prajnas

Tara

From Alkohiti, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 20"

12th century C.E.

Stolen in early 1980's

Shakta Sculpture

Torso of a Female Divinity

From Vatselesvari, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: ca. 32"

2nd-3rd century C.E.

stolen in the late 1960's
Torso of a Female Divinity
(detail of previous image)

From Vatselesvari, Pashupati, Nepal

Dark grey limestone

H: ca. 32"

2nd-3rd century C.E.

stolen in the late 1960's
Three Female Devotees

From Chabahil Stupa, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 16 1/2"

7th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Three Female Devotees
(detail of previous image)

From Chabahil Stupa, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 16 1/2"

7th century C.E.

stolen in the early 1980's
Two Female Devotees

From Chabahil Stupa, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 16 and 17 1/2"

7th century C.E.

stolen in early 1985
Female Devotee
(detail of previous image)

From Chabahil Stupa, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 16"

7th century C.E.

stolen in early 1985
Female Devotee
(detail of previous image)

From Chabahil Stupa, Deopatan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 17 1/2"

7th century C.E.

stolen in early 1985
Mahagauri

From Deopatan, Nepal

Black limestone

H: ca. 32"

1238 C.E.

stolen in the mid 1970's
Devi, seated

From Satya Narayana Temple, Hadigaon, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 11"

13th century C.E.

stolen in early 1984
Devi, standing

From Tolachetol, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 26"

14th century C.E.

stolen in June, 1983
Sarasvati

From Vajravarahi, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 15"

14th-15th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Sarasvati
(see previous image)

From Vajravarahi, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 15"

14th-15th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Empty niche after image of Sarasvati (previous color image) was stolen.

From Vajravarahi, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 15"

14th-15th century C.E.

image stolen in the late 1970's
Vaisnavi

From Bungmati, Nepal

Stone

H: 17 1/2"

8th-9th century C.E.

stolen in the late 1970's
Sarasvati

From Kamalpokhari, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

H: 33"

17th century C.E.

The head of the image was stolen in the early 1980's.
View of Sarasvati (previous image) after the head was stolen.

From Kamalpokhari, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

H: 33"

17th century C.E.

The head of the image was stolen in the early 1980's.
Devi, standing
(see following two images)

From Kumbhesvara, Nepal

Stone

H: 31"

12th century C.E.

photograph taken in 1972

the head of the image was stolen in the early 1980's
Another view of Devi
(see previous image)

From Kumbhesvara, Nepal

Stone

H: 31"

12th century C.E.

photograph taken in 1972

the head of the image was stolen in the early 1980's
View of Devi after the head was stolen
(see previous two images)

From Kumbhesvara, Nepal

Stone

H: 31"

12th century C.E.

the head of the image was stolen in the early 1980's
Sarasvati

From Hadigaon, Nepal

Stone

15th century C.E.

image was stolen in the late 1970's, but it was later recovered
Sarasvati

From Siddhapokhari, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Stone

13th century C.E.

There were several attempts to steal this image and it is now protected by iron bars.

Ganesa

Dancing Ganesha

From Sanga village, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 26"

15th century A.D.

stolen in mid 1985
Empty niche where the image of Ganesa (previous image) was originally located.

From Sanga village, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: ca. 26"

15th century C.E.

image stolen in mid 1985

Nagaraja

Nagaraja

From Kunti-bahi Caitya, Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 19 1/2"

14th century C.E.

stolen July 20, 1985
Another view of Nagaraja
(see previous image)

From Kunti-bahi Caitya, Kumbhesvara, Patan, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 19 1/2"

14th century C.E.

stolen July 20, 1985
Nagaraja

From Bhagavan Bahal, Naksal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 21"

12th-13th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Nagaraja
(detail of previous image)

From Bhagavan Bahal, Naksal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 21"

12th-13th century C.E.

stolen in 1982
Nagaraja

From Pashupati, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 14"

12th century C.E.

stolen in June 1985

Miscellaneous

Caturmurti

From Epatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 25 1/2"

11th century C.E.

stolen in mid 1985
Caturmurti, showing Siva and Visnu
(detail of previous image)

From Epatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 25 1/2"

11th century C.E.

stolen in mid 1985
Caturmurti, showing Brahma
(detail of previous color image)

From Epatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 25 1/2"

11th century C.E.

stolen in mid 1985
Caturmurti, showing Ardhanarisvara
(detail of previous color image)

From Epatol, Sankhu, Nepal

Grey limestone

H: 25 1/2"

11th century C.E.

stolen in mid 1985
Standing male figure

Stone
Aghori Baba

From Bankali, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 19"

20th century C.E.

stolen in November 1984
Aghori Baba, rear view
(see previous image)

From Bankali, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

H: ca. 19"

20th century C.E.

stolen in November 1984
Empty jalahari (base) after the image of Aghori Baba (previous two images) was stolen.

From Bankali, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

20th century C.E.

image stolen in November 1984
Vasudeva-Kamalaja

From Narayana Temple, Patan, Nepal

Light grey limestone

H: ca. 28"

15th century C.E.

stolen in 1984
Hari-Hara
(see following two images)

From Balaju, Nepal

Stone

H: 26"

9th century C.E.

During an attempted theft the image was broken into pieces and badly mutilated.
Hari-Hara
(see previous and following images)

From Balaju, Nepal

Stone

H: 26"

9th century C.E.

During an attempted theft the image was broken into pieces and badly mutilated.
The mutilated sculpture of Hari-Hara
(see previous two images)

From Balaju, Nepal

Stone

H: 26"

9th century C.E.

During an attempted theft the image was broken into pieces and badly mutilated.
Kumara

From Jhankesvari Temple, Pharping, Nepal

Stone

1376 C.E.

The image was stolen in the early 1980's and later found, along with this image and this image, buried in the bank of the Bagmati River.

Image is now kept at the Pharping police post.
Yamuna

From Vatsalesvara Temple, Pashupati, Nepal

Stone

7th century C.E.

The image was stolen in late 1987, but later found abandoned near the Ring Road.

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