Asia Week auction, WTF7: Hindu sculpture. Do sellers say ‘Kashmir’ because they don’t know the source, or because they do?

WTF7: John Siudmark Asian Art’s sculpture from the divided and disputed region of ‘Kashmir‘ (which means it could be from India, Pakistan or China).

‘Kashmir’ may be a meaningful stylistic identifier, but it is not a find-spot or any other kind of provenience. Is it being used because the seller doesn’t know where it’s from, or because the seller does?

Grey chlorite eighteen-armed Durga-Mahishasura. Kashmir, circa 800. 5.6 inches (14.2 cm).

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