Asia Week auction, WTF14: China – no-longer-standing Buddha – tragic accident or commercial decision?

Wei Asian Arts have a ‘[s]tanding Buddha’ from China. Ironically, it can’t stand, because it has no feet; it also lacks hands and, much like any potential buyer, it has lost its head.

Did all of its extremities break off by accident?

Did one or more people decide to break off and sell off the head, hands and feet of the Buddha as individual pieces, then sell the body on its own?

When and how were the remains of this statue acquired?

When and how did the remains of this statue leave China and enter the United States?

Standing Buddha. China, Northern Qi Dynasty, 6th Century. Gray limestone. Height: 15 inches (38 cm).

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