Further sales from this source will be staged in Paris and Hong Kong in 2022 and 2023.
The collection, which has an estimated value of more than €10m, was assembled over several decades by the late dealer and collector Claude de Marteau. It spans works created over a period of 1500 years in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures that once flourished in India, Nepal, Tibet and China.
Highlights include a 4ft 10in (1.47m) high Gandharan grey schist carved statue of Buddha dated to the 3rd-4th century which is estimated at €500,000-700,000 and this small 5¾in (14.5cm) high 12th century brass figure of Kapaladhara Hevarja embracing his consort Nairatma. It comes from north-east India and is from the Pala period. The small, portable size suggests it was intended for private devotional use.
It is estimated at €120,000-160,000.