Asia Week auction, WTF2: Pakistan(?), Afghanistan(?). Why are Gandharan stupas rare? Where and how was it acquired?

Christophe Hioco also has a ‘[r]are Gandhara[n] Stupa’, without even a notional national provenience; its Gandharan style would suggest northern Pakistan or eastern Afghanistan. It’s from a ‘[p]rivate French collection’; it was originally ‘acquired in the late 1970’s [sic]’.

Why are stupas rare? Why are Gandharan stupas rare?

Where and how did the private collector acquire it?

Rare Gandhara Stupa. 2nd-3rd Century. Schist stone. Private French collection and acquired in the late 1970’s. 12.2 x 31.1 inches (31 x 79 cm).

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2 Responses to “Asia Week auction, WTF2: Pakistan(?), Afghanistan(?). Why are Gandharan stupas rare? Where and how was it acquired?”

  1. My thoughts about it: An Ongoing Problem – Indian and Southeast Asian Antiquities with Iffy Provenance-UPDATED WITH SALE RESULTS http://bit.ly/ZE2KW0

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