The heads were removed from Buddha statues in a mountain cave in the city of Jinan on Sept. 18. Police arrested two suspects and found the stolen relics in the Shandong home of one of the suspects in October, local officials said.
Auction house Zurich Asia says the 1941 blue and black stamps were purchased by an anonymous phone bidder.
Last summer, archaeologists opened the underground chambers of the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, located in Kerala province in southern India. They discovered six chambers, labeling the vaults A through F, with the help of temple priests. What they found was startling, according to initial reports: Sacks of diamonds and gold, coins dating back hundreds of years, crowns and other antique jewelry, precious gemstones wrapped in silk, and so on.
From 1st – 10th November Asian Art in London presents the fifteenth year of the celebration of the arts of Asia in the form of selling exhibitions at the galleries of specialist Asian art dealers and auctions at the major salerooms.
The unrivalled expertise and knowledge of the participating dealers will showcase the ancient and modern arts from the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Himalayas and China, to Japan and Korea, while the auction houses offer works of art mainly from China, Japan and Korea. A presentation of imperial ceramics, royal miniature paintings, bronze and stone figurative sculptures, grand and miniature lacquer arts, jade, tiles, jewellery, textiles and furniture, gold and silver and a multiplicity of other materials – all will entice the senses of our visitors from the curious layman to museum curators, igniting their interest in Asian art or encouraging them to add works of art to their collections.