Asia Week auction, WTF11: ‘Kashmir’ (again). Does the seller know whether this Buddhist terracotta is from India, Pakistan or China? Does the buyer care?

As I mentioned, the Dalton Somaré Gallery claims to ‘offer collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality’, but it doesn’t actually offer any such information.

In fact, insofar as it offered no information about its Afghan rhyton (because saying it is from ‘Herat area‘ is saying nothing at all), it offered less than no information about its Buddhist (Padmapani) terracotta: the terracotta’s only listed as from the divided and disputed region of ‘Kashmir‘ (and therefore possibly from India, Pakistan or China).

Why doesn’t the seller know, or why doesn’t the seller say, where the object is from?

The seller must know, so why doesn’t it say, when the object was acquired?

Padmapani. Kashmir, 4th/5th Century A.D. Terracotta. 20 inches (50.8 cm).

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