Asia Week auction, WTF12: Afghanistan – severed Buddha head – but seriously, wtf?

Yet again, it’s frustrating to note, the Dalton Somaré Gallery allegedly ‘offer[s] collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality’, but demonstrably offers no such thing. And it’s infuriating to find that the gallery offers no information whatsoever about the severed head of a Buddha from Afghanistan.

Why doesn’t the gallery offer “provenience” (evidence of where the object was found, when the object was found, how the object was found, how the object was acquired, who has owned and/or held the object, etc.)?

Why doesn’t the gallery even offer “provenance” (a list of previous owners, as even second-hand car-dealers must do, and as the government also does)?

When, how and why was the Buddha’s head separated from its body?

When and how was the Buddha’s head acquired, exported from Afghanistan and imported to the United States?

Head of the Buddha. Afghanistan, circa 2nd Century. Stucco and Pigments. 22 inches (55.9 cm).

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