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hometop notch collections tibetan buddhist statues & sculptures - 2

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27th November 2021 at 2:00pm America/New_York (7:00pm GB)
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In the early 1920s, Missionary David Crockett Graham from the U.S., James Huston Edgar from New Zealand, and Emest Kleist from Germany had a study expedition in Szechuan and Tibet. On their way to Lhasa, there was deadly plague happening in villages about 120 miles west of Litang. Some people - mostly the young and the old - died of the plague. The expedition helped the treatment with their medicine and supplies in the local largest lamasery, which was used as a makeshift hospital. Not long after that, the lamasery got involved in a turmoil between the army and sects. Abbot Tashi Gatso was killed, and the lamas fled. In order to fulfill Tashi Gatso’s last wish to protect the Buddha statues in the temple, the expedition team packed them up and shipped to Germany. After this incident settled down, they continued journey to Lhasa, Tibet. During the World War II, these precious Buddha statues were once buried underground to avoid damage.

We are very honored to be able to auction these precious Buddha statues. 

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