Archive for March, 2013

March 30, 2013

drive them unto me…

Our company is part of a subscriber base of nearly 38 million online users, mostly North American based. This online technology allows us the ability to present our subscribers with a first choice when they look for anything on any of the major search engines.

We’re looking for a preferred source to send our users searching for various types of antiquities.

If only it weren’t spam, it might be fun.

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March 25, 2013

If landowners waive right to be informed about finds by metal detectorists, is it an unreasonable contract?

Since I ‘totally lost‘ people on Twitter, I’ve had to retreat here to explain myself in more than 140 (or, after everyone’s usernames are included, 80) characters.

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March 24, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF20: Cambodia – a bronze Khmer Siva from ‘an old German collection’. How old? Who knows?

Buddhist Art also has a bronze, Bayon-period Khmer Siva ‘[f]rom an old German collection’.

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF19: Cambodia – temples’ statues are easier to transport without arms…

Buddhist Art has a sandstone Khmer deity.

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF18: where is a ‘Tibeto-Chinese’ statue from?

Robert R. Bigler also has a ‘Tibeto-Chinese‘ copper Vaishravana/Duo Wen Tian.

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF17: is a ‘Tibeto-Chinese’ Bodhisattva one from Chinese-occupied Tibet?

Robert R. Bigler has a ‘Tibeto-Chinese‘ bronze Bodhisattva.

Was it acquired in Tibet, or in China, or in Chinese-occupied Tibet?

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March 23, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF16: India – river goddess temple carving?

The Xanadu Gallery has a carving of the river goddess Yamuna in a (temple(?)) door jamb from India.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF15: Afghanistan(?), Pakistan(?) – the logistics of exporting a Gandharan Bodhisattva

The Nancy Wiener Gallery has the head of a disembodied Gandharan Bodhisattva.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF14: China – no-longer-standing Buddha – tragic accident or commercial decision?

Wei Asian Arts have a ‘[s]tanding Buddha’ from China. Ironically, it can’t stand, because it has no feet; it also lacks hands and, much like any potential buyer, it has lost its head.

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March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF13: Afghanistan(?) – severed Bodhisattva head (yes, another)

Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer have a ‘Hadda style’ head of a Gandharan Bodhisattva, which lacks a provenience as well as a body, though the style would suggest that it was from Afghanistan.

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