Kashmir antiques to go under hammer in US

Kashmir antiques to go under hammer in US

Srinagar: Seven antiques, mostly bronze and stone sculptures, from Kashmir will be auctioned on Tuesday by US-based Christie’s auction house at New York.  The antiques are more than 1,000 years old.
The house has said that among the many highlights in the collection that will go under the hammer are splendid Buddhist, Kashmiri and Pala bronzes, and stone figures.
Named as ‘The Lahiri Collection Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern’ after Indian collector Avijit Lahiri, who along with his wife, Bratati, began collecting art in the mid-1970s.
The Kashmir list includes two bronze figures of Buddha along with a figure of Maitreya, regarded as future Buddha, are a part of the auction.
The website of the house has depicted about seven antiquities with prices ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 2 crore.
The bronze figure of Buddha that has been acquired from London belongs to 11th century is seen standing while Maitreya is standing in on a lotus-base.
Apart from these, several stone idols including a figure of Shiva along with a Stone Head of Vishnu, Skanda, Shiva Chaturmukha and Durga will undergo the hammer.
The auction house has given detailed provenance of these items on auction list with many procured from collections or auction houses.
The house in this auction has displayed stolen art works forcing US authorities to seize two valuable artifacts stolen from India.

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