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Huge Natural Green Jade Chi-Lin Statue.  Sculpture.  Figure.  Qilin.  Kylin.  Feng Shui.  Nephrite.  Xiu.  Hand Carved.  Wood Base.  Xiuyan City. China

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    Skilled craftsmen created this highly detailed Chi-Lin (aka Dragon Horse) from a special category of Nephrite jade, also known as Xiu or Xiuyan jade.  Not quite as hard as other Nephrites, it was mined from Xiuyan City in LiaoNing Province in NE China.   Harder nephrite is… Continue reading

18th Century Hand Carved Wooden Corbel.  Hindu.  Temple.  Architectural.  Wenge Wood.  Sculpture. Tamil Nadu. India.

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  A stunning and sizable corbel hand carved in Wenge wood with a horse riding deity (most likely Shiva) and a subordinate horse below.  It reminds me of the monolithic pillars with sculptures of riders on the backs of wild horses  . . . trampling their enemies below.… Continue reading

Cast Fragment. Buddha Head.  Face. Clay or Stone Composite. 

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    I found this in an estate sale in Southern California and instantly loved it!   The face, the expression, the texture!   I acquired a simple metal stand that does not distract from this face.  And, it’s included.  

Silver Alloy Multi-string Chain Bib Necklace. Jewelry.  Tharu People.  Terai Region. Nepal

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    Handcrafted by a Tharu artisan.   The Tharu – residing in the southern foothills of the Himalayas (Terai Region) of Nepal – are well known for their festivals, rituals and exorcisms . . .  an jewelry like this.   Acquired from a collector’s estate in New… Continue reading

FROSTED Crystal Singing Bowl.  9”.  Sacral Chakra.  296Hz  “D” Note.  Orange.  Meditation.  Healing.  Balance. 

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    Like all of my the singing bowls, this orange crystal bowl is of the highest quality with a purity higher than 99.99% quartz.   Put the rubber “O” ring beneath the bowl.  Tap the outside rim of the bowl and begin to guide the striker around the… Continue reading

Hand Crafted Baule Ram Mask.  Zoomorphic. Stunning.  Cote d’Ivoire. Africa

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    The Baule are one of the Akan peoples who moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago. They adopted masking traditions from their neighboring tribes such as the Guro, the Senufo and the Yaure.   During the 18th century, Baule queen, Aura Poku, was in… Continue reading

Buddha Head Fragment.  Bronze.  Buddhist.  Thailand

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    What can I say?  Nothing . .  that would adequately describe this Buddha head.   The crown of hair (aka Ushnisha) – one of the most iconic features of Buddhist art – is fully in tact with the common peppercorn-like curls (representing freedom) and moving upward… Continue reading

Powerful Amulet. Luang Phor Koon.  Paritsuttoh. Famous Thai Buddhist Monk.  Phra Pidta.  Thailand

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    Amulets are made in very limited batches and commonly commemorate the passing of a highly venerated monk.  Amulets produced by monks at temples are consecrated which entails the mixing various materials that is in turn pressed by hand into custom wooden moulds.  All through the process… Continue reading

Tsa Tsa Tablet.  Fragment.  Terracotta.  Vajrayana Buddhist.  Tibet

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  Tsa Tsa, a form of Tibetan Buddhist art, has been around for centuries.  A metal mold is made containing the hollowed, reversed image of a deity, stupa or other sacred symbol.  Clay is applied to the mold and left to harden.   Making tsa tsa’s is one… Continue reading

Hand Carved Southeast Asia Architectural Fragment.  Wood.  Indonesia

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    I was very confident with my assessment of this fragment before I acquired it from a Maryland estate sale.   But…. I am not as confident now.  The face and hairdo/covering says Indonesian or Malaysian.  The body posture reminds me of an Indian Shiva…. Or a… Continue reading
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