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Statues, Sculptures, Figures, Heads & Busts

Old Solid Sandstone Parvati. Gauri.  Bust.  Head.  India

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    Parvati is a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children and devotion.  Add to that:  divine strength and power . . .  which seems to sum up what is positive in the world today.   The esotericstuff.com thing to know is that Parvati is… Continue reading

Large Antique Weeping Buddha Statue.  Wood.  Asia

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    There is an ancient legend about the two warriors who fought with each other in many battles.  In one such battle, the older warrior killed the younger.  When he removed the mask of the dead warrior, he saw that it was his son….. leading to torment… Continue reading

Old and Rare Single Horned Sin-you with Ruyi Sceptre in Mouth.  Paperweight.  Bronze.  China.

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  Chinese mythology is full of fantastic supernatural and mythical creatures. While Westerners are most familiar with dragons and the phoenix, throughout Asia there are numerous less-known mythological beings.   So to start with, this is not a Kirin, Qilin, Tiam Lu, Pixiu, Zheng, or a number of other hybrid… Continue reading

Dehua White Porcelain Kwan-yin Statue.  Buddha.  Guanyin.  Lotus blossom.  China.

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    Guanyin . . .  the Bodhisattva known as Avalokitesvara… the Buddhist icon associated with compassion.   A stunning statue from the world famous Dehua kilns, located in the vicinity of the town of Dehua Xian, Fujian Province.  Most of my Dehua porcelain comes from a specific… Continue reading

Rare and Powerful Zigua Peoples Mummy Figure.  Wood.  Tanzania.  Africa. 

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    The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani Region and southern Tanga Region.   Zigua art, like most art from Tanzania, is poorly understood… and frequently misidentified. They absolutely have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings.  Their  “mummy” figures are thought… Continue reading

Handcrafted 1000 Arms Bodhisattva Guanyin Buddha Statue.  Boxwood.  China

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    Handcrafted by skilled and traditional artisans in a village (on the Bai River) outside Nanyang, southwestern Henan Sheng province.   Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) Bodhisattva began His / Her Bodhisattva career by helping sentient beings (those ascribing to matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness) and vowing: “Should He ever… Continue reading

Antique Buddha.  Wood with Gilt.  18th Century.  Thailand

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     This is a rare find!   Acquired from the Hunt Slonem’s collection, an American painter and sculptor.  Interestingly enough, one of his most well-known quotes is:  “I would say my whole life could be summed up by the word ‘exotica’”.  Wonder what the rest… 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

Bronze Gilt Statue. Figure.  Lama Tsongkhapa.  Scholar and Saint.  Tibet

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    The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in the Tsongkha Valley of Amdo province, northeast Tibet.  He was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings… Continue reading

Large Balinese Garuda with Vishnu Riding.  Hindu.  Temple Art.  Wood.  Ubud.  Bali.  Indonesia

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  Truly Stunning!   By now you know the significance of this Hindu deity riding between the Garuda (protector) wings.  If not, ask me.  I have books on the symbolism         .   Carved in the 1940s -1950s in the town of Ubud in the… Continue reading
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