'Didn't expect that' Antiques Roadshow guest blown away by valuation of Buddha statue

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'Didn't expect that' Antiques Roadshow guest blown away by valuation of Buddha statue

Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce was in Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland during a classic episode of the BBC series. As the area became packed w

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Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce was in Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland during a classic episode of the BBC series. As the area became packed with guests who were all eager to get their items valuated by the knowledgeable experts. One guest was left blown away by the valuation ceramics and glass expert Alexandra Aguilar after she revealed the valuation she could get from her mother’s Buddha statues.

After finding the guest and taking a look at the items she had bought along, Alexandra was shocked to see the items placed on the table.

She said: “When I learned that the Antiques Roadshow was coming to Woodhorn museum, I wasn’t expecting to see something like this turning up.

“So please tell me, where did you get this from?”

The guest explained: “I inherited it from my mother, she got them from her husband, and I think they were given to him by some diplomat, I think it is from Tibet?”

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Taking a closer look at the two statues, Alexandra said: “Well, they are very appropriate as gifts, they represent important figures in Buddhism.

“This one here is probably Avalokitesvara, who is a bodhisattva, a holy figure in Buddhism,” she explained, pointing to the bigger one.

“And here we probably have Tara, both Avalokitesvara and Tara have 108 different variations, and this one is probably Green Tara.

“We know that it’s Green Tara because of her posture, she has her right leg extended and resting on a lotus flower.

“I think they are really lovely examples of early Sino-Tibetan bronzes, this one is slightly earlier 16th, 17th century, and this one is probably a bit later, 17th, 18th century.”

After discussing with the guest about the history, Alexandra confirmed that the statues would be a success if they were to go up at auction.

“The little one, because of the condition issues, it is probably worth between £1,500 and £2,500.

“The larger one, it’s in better condition, and it’s really lovely, so if it were to come up at auction, it would probably carry and estimate at £3,000 to £5,000!”



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