Stolen ‘Chola’ idol found at US auction house

By Express press service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID has traced an idol of Goddess Parvati, which disappeared from Nadanapureshwarar Sivan Temple at Thandanthottam in Kumbakonam half a century ago, to an auction house in New York, USA United. It is believed to be an idol from the Chola era.

According to police, the idol was found at Bonhams Auction House. The first complaint in this case was filed with the local police in 1971. In 2019, the idol wing filed a case in response to a complaint from a person named K Vasu. Recently, a wing inspector opened an investigation into the matter and began searching for Chola-era Parvati idols in foreign museums and auction houses.

The 52cm tall copper alloy statuette, dating to around 12th century CE, was valued at US$212,575 (approximately Rs 1,68,26,143). The goddess Parvati, or Uma as she is more commonly known in southern India, is depicted standing.

She is depicted with a crown made of stacked rings which become smaller towards the top and end in a lotus bud, known as Karanda Mukuta. The crown motifs are repeated in the necklaces, armbands, belt and garment, embellishing the idol. The Idol Wing CID said they started the process to bring him back.

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID has traced an idol of Goddess Parvati, which disappeared from Nadanapureshwarar Sivan Temple at Thandanthottam in Kumbakonam half a century ago, to an auction house in New York, USA United. It is believed to be an idol from the Chola era. According to police, the idol was found at Bonhams Auction House. The first complaint in this case was filed with the local police in 1971. In 2019, the idol wing filed a case in response to a complaint from a person named K Vasu. Recently, a wing inspector opened an investigation into the matter and began searching for Chola-era Parvati idols in foreign museums and auction houses. The 52cm tall copper alloy statuette, dating to around 12th century CE, was valued at US$212,575 (approximately Rs 1,68,26,143). The goddess Parvati, or Uma as she is more commonly known in southern India, is depicted standing. She is depicted with a crown made of stacked rings which become smaller towards the top and end in a lotus bud, known as Karanda Mukuta. The crown motifs are repeated in the necklaces, armbands, belt and garment, embellishing the idol. The Idol Wing CID said they started the process to bring him back.