A bronze figure of Buddha – earliest listed source, 1999

This eleventh or twelfth-century bronze figure of Buddha, apparently from Kashmir, was “acquired in London” in 1999. I don’t doubt the expert attribution of this statue to Kashmir, seemingly due to its style (as no other evidence has been presented).

As an aside, it is notable that like “Mesopotamian” and other such transborder historical identifiers, if there were no documentation of legal acquisition, this attribution would make it very difficult for any state to question whether the statue had been looted or stolen or illegally exported from its territory.

Its auction estimate is $150,000-$250,000.

A bronze figure of Buddha. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 52, Sale 12255, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

A bronze figure of Buddha. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 52, Sale 12255, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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