A bronze figure of Ganesha – earliest listed source, 1963

This bronze figure of Ganesha had been bought by Willy W. Wolff, Inc. “by 1963” (and has been in an anonymous collection in New York since the 1st of April 2005), but how did it get from Tamil Nadu in India in the twelfth century (Chola period) to wherever Willy W. Wolff, Inc. was in 1963?

And what even is Willy W. Wolff, Inc., which only has one hit on Google, as the source of a “Khmer, Angkor Borei period” sandstone torso of Vishnu that was sold through Christie’s New York auction of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art on the 18th of March 2015, which itself can only documented back to the 19th of March 1984?

Its auction estimate is $250,000-$350,000.

A bronze figure of Ganesha. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 295, Sale 12168, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

A bronze figure of Ganesha. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 295, Sale 12168, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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