Prized Afghan antiquity is rescued by British art dealer

Dalya Alberge

The Guardian, 29 May 2011

An anonymous art dealer passionate about Afghan heritage has teamed up with the British Museum in an effort to buy and repatriate a spectacular antiquity believed to have been looted from the Afghan national museum in Kabul during the 1990s.

The British dealer, who said he had a “very strong emotional attachment” to Afghanistan, resolved to buy the 2nd-century Gandharan Buddha after he recognised it in a photograph sent by a colleague in Japan. The sculpture, which had disappeared in the bloody civil war, had been bought by a Japanese collector.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/29/buddha-kabul-museum-looted

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