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.

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.

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’.

March 23, 2013

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

Buddhist Art has a sandstone Khmer deity.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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