Asian art losses have NGA in turmoil again

The National Gallery of Australia is preparing to remove another seven antiquities worth more than $3 million from its Asian art gallery, the fourth rearrangement of the prestigious first-floor hall that once groaned with an ­Aladdin’s cave of riches from the continent.

Provenance research promp­ted by the scandal surrounding disgraced dealer Subhash Kapoor has confirmed a 1000-year-old bronze and gold Vietnamese ­Bodhisattva statue with two attenda­nts, bought in 2011 for $1.4m, does not have a secure ownership history.