Provenance is the history of ownership of a work of art, from the time of its discovery or creation to the present.
The Art Gallery of NSW is undertaking a comprehensive provenance research project across our Asian art collection. Our initial focus is on sculptures from South Asia. These objects have histories that date back centuries, and are often without written records.
There are 54 South Asian sculptures in the Gallery’s collection. We are currently researching 21 purchases, including three acquired from New York dealership Art of the Past. These objects have incomplete chains of ownership about which the Gallery welcomes further information.
It is important to note:
● No claims have been made against any of these works of art.
● Gaps in provenance do not necessarily indicate theft or looting.
● For many works, details may never be found. These are sometimes referred to as ‘orphan’ objects.
Click on the image to see the collection record for the work including provenance information. Provenance research is ongoing and details will be updated as more information becomes available. The Art Gallery of NSW welcomes any information regarding the provenance of works of art in our collection. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org