Posted on May 23rd, 2008 7 comments
41 years old Ian Baker, living in Nepal for the last 24 years, had stored statues of archaeological importance, vestiges of various wild animals including skin, skeleton and statues in his Baluwater residence. The police said 121 kinds of goods of archeological importance were seized from the two flats. According to the police, most of the idols, torans (embossed metal plates) and thankas were stolen from temples. The seized items include tiger skins, skeleton of tigersâ€™ heads and other animals.
He escaped being arrested as he is told to be living in Bangkok these days. The house owner Rajesh Maharjan was arrested by the police for the investigation.
This site tells that Baker :
studied fine arts, literature and comparative religion at Oxford and Columbia Universities and has written extensively on the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas. Recognized by the National Georgraphic Society as one of six “Explorers for the Millennium”, his previously published works include The Tibetan Art of Healing (Thames & Hudson, 1997). He lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for more than twenty years.
More details in Kantipur news.
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