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Silver / Nickel Composite Tara Avalokiteswora Statue, Buddha, Nepal / Tibet

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  This is a gorgeous and highly detailed Avalokiteswora of the Buddhist Pantheon.  Believed to protect human beings while they cross the ocean of existence.  Precious ornaments adorn her body.   The sealed bottom shows an engraved design that I believe is the crossed-Vajra, symbolizing the principle of… Continue reading

Hand Carved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. Late 18th Century.  Burma

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    The Shan States – a territorial part of Burma –  developed their own distinct artistic style.  During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Shan States were created by the… Continue reading

Handcarved Shan Buddha. Fragment. Gilt.  Wood. 18th Century.  Burma

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    Though territorially part of Burma, the Shan States developed their own distinct artistic style.   During the 18th century, Shan Buddha sculpture became particularly sophisticated and elegant. Finely and realistically molded, the face exudes sweetness and serenity.   The Tai-Shan (Tai Yai) people are believed to have… Continue reading

Antique Tibetan Shakyamuni Buddha. Bronze.  Patina.   Bhumisparsa. Himalayan Foothills. Nepal

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    Although there are various Buddhas with many names, forms and who play multiple roles . . . . it is the Buddha Shakyamuni that we refer to when we say “the Buddha.”   Historically, Shakyamuni Buddha was a spiritual master who lived and taught in modern day India… 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.  

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 molds.  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

Shakyamuni Buddha.  Bronze.  Statue.  Sculpture. Buddhism.  Dhyana Mudra. Kumbum Monastery. Tibet

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      This is a traditional representation of the Shakyamuni Buddha who lived and taught in India in the 6th Century B.C.E., a time of flourishing religious and philosophical thought from Greece to China.   The physical characteristics of him seated in the lotus position of meditation, legs crossed,… Continue reading
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