There is an ancient broken wooden Yakṣa idol on the upper part of the Bhaskar Dev Sankarit Keshchandrakrit Paravat Mahavihar in Itumbaha, Kathmandu. Śālabhañjikā Yakṣiṇī which was formerly standing on the very broken idol suddenly disappeared in the mid-1980s along with three other similar struts.
At that time, such cases of idol theft were rampant in Nepal. Although the police conducted a general investigation on such cases, neither the whereabouts of those invaluable Nepali artefacts could be found nor the thief/thieves.
Thankfully, Bibek Sitaula, a student of archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland and also a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, recently found one of those stolen idols of Yakṣiṇī at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. According to him, the idol is kept in the museum’s storage and not for public
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