My sister did one of those 'why did I do that?' things when she went to India a few years ago. She was told, both by me and by the travel arranger (it was with her then-fiancee's work) that bringing back anything solid (large sculptures, especially) would be problematic, because customs often ended up smashing it to see if it was concealing contraband. He suggested that they bring back textiles, or small items, but not large ones (those he suggested having shipped by the sellers, who were accustomed to this, and because of that the customs people knew they were legitimate). She just HAD to have these silk covered boxes that opened to reveal a model of the Taj Mahal, done in plaster and lacquered. She bought three, and had them in her luggage when they left instead of shipping them. No, not a single one arrived in the US intact.