Asia Week auction, WTF9: ‘fragmentary’ ‘Kushan’ sculpture – broken off or smashed out?

Furthermore, John Siudmark Asian Art have a ‘fragmentary‘ ‘Kushan’ sandstone figure. The ‘fragmentary’ nature of the sculpture is difficult to explain and worrying to consider: it has lost both feet, its left arm and its right hand. It seems like the sculpture was broken off its backpiece (or its backpiece was smashed in order to make the figure portable).

‘Kushan’ material may be from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China…

When and how did it get from wherever to whomever?

Do the owner(s) and/or the seller(s) know how it was reduced to a fragmentary piece? If they do, why don’t they explain it to reassure potential buyers? If they don’t, why did they buy it?

Kushan red Sikri sandstone fragmentary standing Jina. 2nd/3rd Century. 12.5 inches (31.75 cm).

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