Police recover huge cache of illegal artifacts hoarded by American explorer
Nepal Police on Friday said it confiscated vast range of illegally possessed ancient idols, artifacts and woodcrafts of archaeological importance including skins and bones of endangered wildlife from the rented apartments of an American national and famous explorer Ian Baker in the capital city.
Interestingly Ian Baker, 41, who has been reportedly staying in the country since many years, is a world-renowned explorer, novelist and a contributor for the National Geographic and several other magazines.
According to a press released by Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Hanumandhoka, Kathmandu on May 23, 2008 – the police have confiscated over 100 different items of such rare artifacts, hides and bones from two of the houses Baker rented in Naxal and Baluwataar.
Here are some pictures of “Ian Baker Museum”, taken by Dipesh Shrestha.