Asia Week auction, WTF1: India – broken sandstone Jain statue

Lacking an established coding system for the most troubling antiquities in the Asia Week auction, I’m going to give them the random letter code “WTF”.

Christophe Hioco has a sandstone statue from India, that has been broken off at the ankles and from its backpiece/building. It’s been ‘in the same French family for more than 25 years’.

How was it broken? How was it broken in that way?

When did it leave ‘Rajasthan or Gujarat’?

How did it get to France (or to a French family in some other country)?

How did the French family acquire it?

Jina Tirthankara. India, Rajasthan or Gujarat, 12th Century. Sandstone. Provenance: in the same French family for more than 25 years. 17.7 x 39.3 inches 45 x 100 cm).

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