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Phurba Phurpa in Bronze with Mahakala Head. Buddhism. Nepal

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    A traditionally styled Phurba. This is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. Originally used to mark out the perimeter of the construction of temples and monastery, it is still used in religious and sacred ceremonies.   I have an accompanying older “stunning” case… Continue reading

Museum Quality 11th Century Khmer Sculpture. Jayavarman II Era. Angkorian-styled. Sandstone. Cambodia

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    Jayavarman II was a 9th-century king of Cambodia, widely recognized as the founder of the Khmer Empire, the dominant civilization on the Southeast Asian mainland from the 10th Century until the mid 15th century. He has been regarded as the king who laid the foundation of the Angkor… Continue reading

Majestic Large and Old War Elephant Sculpture. Wat Photharam Temple. Hand Carved. Teak. Thailand.

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    Located in the Rattanakosin Kingdom (the traditional center of power), Wat Photharam (currently called Wat Pho) consists of a Buddhist temple complex. The complex is associated with King Rama I, who in 1782 rebuilt and expanded on an existing temple. Today the temple complex houses… Continue reading

Miniature Manjushri Thangka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.

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    Manjushri (aka The Gentle Glory) is the oldest / most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.   His right hand holds a flaming sword, which represents the sharpness of prajna that can cut through the growth of suffering and the net of… Continue reading

Quality Manjushri Thangka. Thanka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.

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    Manjushri – the oldest and most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism – is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.   As a fully enlightened Bodhisattva, he is respected and worshipped as a “meditational” diety. For those who meditate on him, he instructs in the Dharma and stimulates them… Continue reading

Old Shrine Vessel. LP Thad Alms / Offering Bowl. With lid. Ayutthaya. Thailand

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    This is an old authentic shrine alms bowl used to celebrate Luang Phor Tuad (aka LP Thaud), a legionary high priest of Buddhism. His story starts from the Kingdom of Ayutthaya period (circa 1580 A.D.) and he lived during the reign of King Maha Dhammaraja. LP… Continue reading

Dehua White Porcelain Kwan-yin Guanyin Buddha on Lotus Blossom. China.

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    You have heard my many descriptions of Kwan-yin or Guanyin…. Goddess of Mercy or “The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World” or “The Most Widely Loved Buddhist Divinity”.   But what I might not have mentioned is that some Buddhists believe that when a fellow follower… Continue reading

Very Sacred & Old Tibetan Human Bone Mala – Kapala – Necklace, Tibet

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Detail: There is no question in my mind that these very spiritual human bone beads – carefully hand cut – are authentic and quite old. People donate their own remains to nearby temples and the bones are converted into beads that form a very, very powerful spiritual mala.… Continue reading

Antique, Rare & Consecrated Temple Bronze Buddha with Double Dorje Symbol on base Statue, Tibet / India

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Detail: I think this is a Tibetan Temple Bronze Statue from the late-1800’s. A double Dorje or Visha Vajra is stamped or engraved on the metal base. This double Vajra – representing thunderbolts of enlightenment – has four points which represent the four Dhyani Buddha’s: Amoghasiddhi… Continue reading
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