Seven Chola-era idols, two Thanjavur paintings seized from house in Chennai

The Idol Wing CID seized seven Chola-era idols and two Thanjavur paintings from a house in RA Puram on Thursday.

Published: 01st October 2022 06:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2022 06:40 AM   |  A+A-

Seven Chola-era idols and two Thanjavur paintings seized on Thursday | R Satish Babu

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:  The Idol Wing CID seized seven Chola-era idols and two Thanjavur paintings from a house in RA Puram on Thursday. The owner did not have proper documents. Some of the idols had markings and slots for fixing on temple palanquins and for carrying them during festive occasions, a press note from the Idol Wing CB-CID said.

The press note said a tip-off was received that several antique bronze idols and paintings were kept at a house of an NRI. The CID could not conduct a search as the owner was living abroad. They contacted him and gave him a week to provide documents that would attest to the idols’ provenance, antiquity, and registration if they were antique. The owner said he had no idea where the idols came from because his parents had them even before he was born.

Then, on his own accord, he told the Idol Wing police to take possession of the idols and paintings. The idols were seized and an investigation was started to trace their origins. 

The seized idols and paintings are Krishna statue, Parvati statue, Buddha statue, Parvati statue in a sitting position, Goddess statue, Tara statue, Buddha statue, Balakrishna painting with glass frame and Krishna Yashala painting with glass frame. The Idol Wing CID will produce the idols for ASI inspection and a report will be sent to HR&CE.

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