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Items purchased
from Art of the Past,
New York



Provenance research
National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place, PARKES ACT 2601
GPO Box 1150, CANBERRA ACT 2601

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As part of the international effort to combat the illicit trade in art and antiquities, the Gallery adheres to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, to which Australia is a signatory, and the Australian Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act, 1986. These legal and ethical guidelines are followed when acquiring historical works of art from Asia, and research into provenance (the history of ownership) is ongoing.

A number of sculptures in the National Gallery of Australia's Asian art collection have recently been subject to national and international scrutiny due to the allegations against Subhash Kapoor of Art of the Past, New York. While awaiting the outcome of various legal proceedings, the Gallery is currently investigating the provenance and reviewing documentation provided for all works of art purchased from the art dealer. Images and details of these works of art are available on this page.

The Shiva Nataraja has been named in a case against Subhash Kapoor and is the subject of a claim by the Indian government.

Media Statement 27.03.2014 : In response to a request from the Indian Government to the Australian Government, the National Gallery of Australia has voluntarily removed Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja) from public display. Please see the statement released by the Attorney-General's Department.

Please contact the Gallery if you have any information regarding these items.