Posts tagged ‘Afghanistan’

November 9, 2015

tense being reviewed: antiquities looting to order in India

A month ago, Donna Yates, who teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime for the University of Glasgow, kindly reviewed my analysis of looting-to-order/theft-to-order of cultural property in (open access) Cogent Social Sciences. I’m now finally clawing my way back to electronic life and wanted to highlight it here.

September 11, 2014

Taliban have wrecked museums in Ghazni, but Afghans will rebuild, again

On the 4th of August, the Taliban used trucks to commit two suicide bombings against Ghazni Police and the Afghan National Directorate of Security (Intelligence), then launched a gun attack on the sites. The death toll rose inexorably from ten, to twelve, to twenty, to thirty-one, to thirty-three; the number of wounded grew from ‘dozens‘, to 150, to 160, to 200, to 350; and many civilian propertiesplaces of everyday life – were damaged.

June 21, 2014

Is there significant evidence of paramilitary funding from the illicit antiquities trade? Yes.

According to antiquities collector and paid antiquities collecting lobbyist Peter Tompa (@Aurelius161180), ‘the archaeological lobby is cynically exploiting the rise of the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq to try to justify a further clamp down on collectors’.

Apparently, I am that lobby. And apparently a wish for antiquities traders only to trade in demonstrably legal antiquities is a call for a clamp down. Is there any evidence for my allegedly ‘dubious’, ‘wild claims’?

April 12, 2014

Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?

Director of the Djulfa Virtual Memorial and Museum, Producer of the New Tears of Araxes and South Caucasus Specialist for Amnesty International, Simon Maghakyan has asked, ‘when does targeting monuments become a human rights abuse [or a crime against humanity]?’ ‘Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?’

March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF15: Afghanistan(?), Pakistan(?) – the logistics of exporting a Gandharan Bodhisattva

The Nancy Wiener Gallery has the head of a disembodied Gandharan Bodhisattva.

March 22, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF13: Afghanistan(?) – severed Bodhisattva head (yes, another)

Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer have a ‘Hadda style’ head of a Gandharan Bodhisattva, which lacks a provenience as well as a body, though the style would suggest that it was from Afghanistan.

March 22, 2013

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.

March 21, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF10: Afghanistan – bronze rhyton ‘precisely documented’, except for who, when, where, how…

The Dalton Somaré Gallery claims that it is ‘able to offer collectors and connoisseurs precisely documented objects of art of high aesthetic quality’. It is, thus, unfortunate and curious that it does not offer any information about the origins of any of its three flagship pieces, one of which is a more-than-2,200-year-old bronze rhyton from Afghanistan.

March 19, 2013

Asia Week auction, WTF2: Pakistan(?), Afghanistan(?). Why are Gandharan stupas rare? Where and how was it acquired?

Christophe Hioco also has a ‘[r]are Gandhara[n] Stupa’, without even a notional national provenience; its Gandharan style would suggest northern Pakistan or eastern Afghanistan. It’s from a ‘[p]rivate French collection’; it was originally ‘acquired in the late 1970’s [sic]’.

March 18, 2013

multidimensional poverty and the illicit antiquities trade

Some of the world’s most impoverished countries may eradicate acute poverty within a generation. As well as being good news in and of itself, the reduction in poverty may lead to a reduction in looting, because some of the poorest places are also some of the world’s most vulnerable and most plundered places.

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