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Ceremonial Phurba. Mahakala. Hand carved in Boxwood. Hand polished. Kathmandu Valley. Nepal

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    The phurba – aka kila – was and is used as a ritual implement to signify stability on sacred grounds/earth during ceremonies.   As a tool of exorcism, the kila can hold demons in place . . . binding and pinning down negative energies from the mind… Continue reading

Cambodian Khmer Art Sandstone Sculpture. 17/18th Century. Gautama Buddha. Naga. Macalinda. Enlightenment. Cambodia

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  In the Angkorian style, this excellent sculpture depicts a naga (serpent) as the protector of Buddha. The Buddha, seated in the Virasana pose, is meditating on three graduated coils of the serpent king, Mucalinda. This ancient Virasana pose should not be confused with the Hero pose currently… Continue reading

Authentic Master Quality Bronze and Crystal Tantrik Kapala. Handcrafted. Nepal.

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  A true tantrik (a doctrine of enlightenment of the oneness of one’s self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras, mudras and exotic rites; especially influential in Tibet). Kapala were made from a human skull bone / cap,… Continue reading

Phenomenal Bronze Garuda Mask. Hinduism. Buddhism. Deity. Tibet. Nepal.

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    The mythical deity – Garuda – has a ton of spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, Garuda is most often found mounted on the back of Vishnu, as the god’s protector.   Here the Garuda – with a snake in its beak – symbolizes the… Continue reading

Vintage Large Handmade Bronze Maitland Smith Elephant Sculpture Statue. #132 Clock. Philippines.

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  Quite stunning! The Maitland Smith company was founded in Hong Kong by a well-known antique dealer. Besides designing quality 18th century furniture, Maitland Smith also scoured the globe in search of quality antique furnishings to supplement his furniture. This elephant was cast in the Philippines… Continue reading

Majapahit Kingdom Sandstone Head Fragment. Estate find. Bali.

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    A Majapahit Kingdom – one of the last major Hindu empires of the Malay archipelago – in eastern Java from 1293 to around 1500. The Majapahit society developed a high degree of sophistication in both commerical and artistic activities . . . yielding a cosmopolitan population… Continue reading

Antique Chi Lin. Classic Feng Shui. Mythical Hooved Chimerical Creatures. Qilin. Kirin. Bronze. Brass. China.

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    Absolutely NOTHING beats an antique pair of these creatures with the head of a dragon, body of a horse and scales of a carp fish. The energy, the detail and the workmanship is spectacular!!   It is believed that if you look into the eyes of the… Continue reading

Huge and Rare Yombe Nkisi / Nkondi Three – Faced Statue. Vili / Loango Tribe. DRC / Congo. Africa

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  During the 13th Century, the Kongo people began their expansion into Gabon, Zaire and Angola. One of the original tribes was called the Vili that now stretches across the coasts of Gabon and parts of the old Zaire.   Nail fetishes (aka Nkondi) are created to carry a… Continue reading

Sichuan Embroidery Art Panels. Satin and Silk. Framed. Chengdu Sichuan Province. China

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    There are four major styles of silk art embroidery with Sichuan (Shu Xiu) being the oldest. The emphasis – for this style – is on even stitching, coloration and local creativity. Antique gold frame.   These are exquisite pieces that could be re-framed or left… Continue reading

Old Nepal / Tibet Turquoise Bead Necklace, Tibet

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A stunning necklace with a rich history. Egg shaped brass beads with stones inserted. Just look at all the photos.
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