$1m Asian and South Asian art to appear at Christie's

Over_200_rare works of Asian and South Asian art will be unveiled at Christie's auction house on September 16.

The sale will include ancient bronze and stone sculptures, and Indian miniatures at the Rockefeller Gallery in New York.

Highlights will include a number of works from Paul E. Manheim's private collection and Buddhist thangkas from the collection of the ninth Dalai Lama in Tibet, said a Christie's press release.

Manheim (1906-99), a partner in the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers, was one of the earliest American collectors of Asian art.

For over two decades, he played a fundamental role in helping to expand the Brooklyn Museum's Indian and South Asian collection.

The Christies Collection includes a rare 10-11th century silver bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist Deity, from the Kashmir school in western Tibet with a price of $250,000.

In addition an important black granite of the Nandi bull from south India dating back to the 13th century Chola period is estimated to bring $150,000.

A 15th century bronze bust of Buddha from Thailand and a 16th century sandstone figure of Vishnu from Nepal are predicted to fetch $35,000 and $25,000 respectively.

A large gilt bronze figure of Atisha, a 16th century monk from Tibet, is estimated at $350,000 and will be part of a selection of Himalayan bronzes.

The star lot in the sale is estimated at $350,000 - a set of seven thangkas of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and his lineage from Tibet.

The thangkas were commissioned by the followers of Lungtok Gyatso, the ninth Dalai Lama to celebrate his lineage. Their scrolls combine motifs from both central Tibet and Kham painting from the Chamdo region.

The sale will also feature a group of Indian miniatures including an 18th century painting of The Annunciation - depicting a kneeling Virgin Mary with archangel Gabriel - from the kingdom of Oudh priced at $30,000.

A large Kalighat painting of Krishna from the 19th century is also hoped to fetch $20,000.

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