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With the help of a curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, Mehra correctly identified the statue in the fall of 2019 as depicting the deity Annapurna.
But the shady history of how MacKenzie came to have the statue started up a conversation, and Mehra asked that the MAG try to return the statue to where it belonged — in India.
“We have started that process,” said Hampton, noting that the task is long and complicated.
“It’s almost its own … adventure in trying to find the original shrine where this was taken from amongst thousands that exist along that stretch of river.”
In the meantime, Mehra created a replacement piece for her exhibition, which drew inspiration from the popular film character Indiana Jones.
“She filled a bag with sand at the approximat...Read More