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1300-yrs-old sculpture of Goddess Durga recovered in Budgam: Police

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‘Sculpture handed over to concerned department’

Srinagar: Police in Budgam claimed to have recovered an ancient sculpture from Khag area.

“Accordingly, a team of officers from Department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums, J&K Government were called for examination of the recovered sculpture at District Police Office Budgam,” said a police spokesperson.

“During examination it was revealed that the recovered sculpture of Goddess Durga dates back roughly to 7th AD (about 1300 years old). The sculpture is carved in a black stone with Goddess Durga seated on lion throne, however, some part of the left side arm is missing. Moreover, the sculpture is having the influence of Gandhara School of Art,” the spokesperson said.

“The said recovered sculpture was handed over formally to Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh Deputy Director Department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums and his team by Tahir Saleem Khan, SSP Budgam in presence of Police/Civil officers after fulfilling all the legal formalities,” he said.

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