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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 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

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

Rare Master Quality Handcrafted Tantric Oracle Cap.  Crown. Tibet.

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    Tibetan Oracles?  Well, before Buddhism, there were Bons.  Bons were a particular type of priest who performed rituals to gain the favor of local spirits and ensure the well-being and safety of the dead in the afterlife.  Much, much later and under the influence of… Continue reading

Old Hand Carved Shakyamuni Buddha Head.  Statue.  China.

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    Shakyamuni aka Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.  Shakya was the tribe/clan to which his family belonged.  . He was the son of Shuddhodana, the king of the Shākyas, a small tribe whose kingdom was located in the foothills of the Himalayas, south of… 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

Chiang Rung – styled Buddha Statue.  17/18th Century.  Shan.  Bronze.  Northern Thailand.  Laos.

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    Typical of Northern Thai Buddhas, this stunning statue lacks many of the ornate designs seen in many Buddha statues as seen earlier and more recently.  Simplicity is better because it allows followers to concentrate more on the spirituality aspect.   Acquired 30 years ago in The golden… Continue reading
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