Two US federal agents confiscate an illicit antiquity during Asia Week Celebrations

 New York  |  8 April 2016  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

US federal agents have seized an antiquity suspected as being illicit and worth a few hundred thousand dollars, after it was offered for sale at the Asia Week celebrations currently underway in New York.

The schist sculpture representing the head of a Bodhisattva — a Buddha before his enlightenment — is a piece from the Gandhara civilisation dating from the 2nd century B.C., and is thought to have been illegally imported from Pakistan, the region where the civilisation developed.

This is the second seizure of this type by US authorities in recent times, after the seizure of two sculptures on the premises of Christie’s in Manhattan. US authorities have announced that they are being particularly vigilant regarding pillaged pieces over Asia Week.

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