Posts tagged ‘Pakistan’

19/07/2019

to get a good price, ‘you have to sell in international bidding sites’: trafficking of metal-detected cultural goods from South Asia

I’m happy to say that I’ve published a chapter on trafficking of metal-detected cultural goods from South Asia in a book on criminal networks and law enforcement: global perspectives on illegal enterprise by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko. There is a postprint copy.

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26/03/2018

metal-detecting in South Asia: to get a good price, ‘you have to sell in international bidding sites’

This is a postprint of a forthcoming chapter on metal-detecting (and online trafficking) of cultural objects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. To get a good price, ‘you have to sell in international bidding sites’: trafficking of metal-detected cultural goods from South Asia.

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02/03/2016

Check your provenance

As has oft been pointed out (sometimes with magnificent style), even the Big Three auction houses, which are the most visible, most monitored and apparently most diligent actors in the antiquities market, have a problem with provenance – or the lack of it. Judging by their auctions, that problem remains.

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26/08/2014

Militants have bombed the Shrine of Sufi Sheikh Taqi Baba, Mastung, Balochistan, Pakistan

This is just a note. Dawn journalist Syed Ali Shah has relayed police official Nazeer Ahmed’s information: unidentified militants have ‘planted explosives inside’ and ‘completely destroyed’ the Sufi Shrine of Sheikh Taqi Baba.

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22/03/2013

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.

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20/03/2013

Asia Week auction, WTF5: Pakistan, Northwest Frontier. When and how did the Bodhisattva lose his head?

Carlton Rochell Asian Art has the head of a Bodhisattva (in Buddhist thought, an enlightened being), from the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan, lacking any other information whatsoever.

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19/03/2013

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]’.

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