Australia’s top gallery on Friday said it will launch legal action against disgraced Indian-origin art dealer Subhash Kapoor after it was confirmed that its prized 900-year-old dancing Shiva idol was stolen from India.

The National Gallery of Australia confirmed that it approached the Indian High Commission “to discuss avenues for restitution” in relation to the artefact.

The $5-million bronze idol was on display at the entry to the gallery’s Indian Gallery till Thursday night.

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