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The Temple: Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth. New Book. Lundquist.

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  The idea of a temple as a holy precinct, the meeting place of heaven and earth, is central to many of the world’s religions. Offering a wide-ranging study of sites of worship, from tomb-temples of ancient Egypt to the temple of Hephaistos in Athens, the Kaabah in Mecca… 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

Large King Ramses II Stone Statue Sculpture. 19th Dynasty Ruler. Upper Egypt. Luxor.

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  Ramesses II, reigning from 1279 – 1212 B.C., was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Despite a difficult start to his rule, he used diplomacy, a massive building program and endless propaganda to become the greatest pharaoh of the New Kingdom (Ancient Egypt’s Golden Age).  … 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

Emperor Xuanzong Favorite Fat Horse. Silver & Nickel Composite. Detailed Statue. Figure. Hebei China.

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    Emperor Xuanzong (aka Emperor Ming of Tang reigned for over 40 years between 713 and 756) was the seventh emperor of the Chinese Tang Dynasty. He is often credited with bringing Tang China to one of its highest point of cultural achievements and power.   In 745,… Continue reading

Vintage Maitland Smith Bronze Pair of Monkeys Carrying a Dish. Business Card. Candle. Statue. Figure. Casting. Philippines.

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    A new word for some of us: Singerie. Not sure what the Maitland Smith folks had in mind when they created the humorous statue of monkeys, carrying a dish- like-object on two poles . . . fashionably attired and copying human behavior. This… Continue reading

Wooden Wall Mask. Yawn. Artist signed. Bali. Indonesia.

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    I have run across a few of these “yawn” masks over the last few years and have not been impressed. But this one is different.   This is an artisan’s stunning interpretation of what is supposed to be a satisfying gesture. But with the wrinkled forehead, flared… Continue reading

Vintage Balinese Rangda Mask. Mythology. Durga. Bali.

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    Rangda – a dramatic manifestation of the Goddess of the Underworld, Durga – is the demon queen of the Leyaks. Leyaks are spirit/ghost-like figures in Bali that appear as humans during the daylight but – at night – their head and entrails break off from their bodies… Continue reading

Bronze Winged Garuda. Winged Bird. Buddhism. Anthropomorphic. Statue. Figure. Tibet

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    Garuda is a mythological bird of the dharma protector and Astasena in Buddhism. King of birds with an anthropomorphic form. Protector with power to go anywhere at anytime. Sometimes depicted with a snake or demon in their mouths.   Redpoll is commonly associated with this… 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
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