"Buddha statue pulled from Sotheby’s auction on suspicion it may be from China Unesco site"

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"Buddha statue pulled from Sotheby’s auction on suspicion it may be from China Unesco site"

Post by Fortyeightvows » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:31 am

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society ... y-be-china
An intricately carved limestone Buddha head was removed from a Sotheby’s auction in New York this week, after evidence emerged that it may have originated from a Unesco heritage site in China.

Investigations are under way to determine if the sculpture is indeed one of the 100,000 statues from the ancient Buddhist Longmen Caves, a kilometre-long system of grottoes carved in limestone cliffs in central China’s Henan province
“Our attention was drawn to an image of a sculpture, very similar to the present work, published by a Japanese photographer who documented the Longmen Caves in the 1920s and 1930s,” Sotheby’s said on Friday.
News of the removal of the Buddha head from the sale became a topic of social media discussion in China when the resemblance was noticed to an image captured by Japanese scholars Tokiwa Daijo and Sekino Tadashi in the 1920s, according to Chinese media reports.

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