Gandharan Empire schist sculpture of Bodhisattva Maitreya (The Earthly Buddha), 3rd century CE, exquisitely carved to show deity in lotus position, wearing ‘jewelry’ with billowing folds of a lengthy robe secured by a stippled belt. Size: 10.6in wide, 12.6in high; 15.3in high when measured with included custom stand. Refer to examples at Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchased in Afghanistan in 1961. Estimate $22,000-$33,000
BOULDER, Colo. – On Thursday, May 19, Artemis Gallery will auction a very special collection of fine art from the Hollywood Hills that includes coveted Picasso and Rookwood ceramics. This lively private collection is a featured highlight of the company’s 153-lot auction event composed primarily of classical antiquities, ancient, and ethnographic art from many of the world’s most influential and celebrated cultures. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian, Native American, African/tribal, Oceanic and Spanish Colonial-era civilizations are represented. All auction items are guaranteed to be authentic, legally acquired and legal to resell, if desired. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.