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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

Large Desktop Prayer Wheel. Handmade and Hand Crafted. Buddhist. Paper Scroll. Nepal

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Prayer wheels are Tibetan Buddhist praying instruments, with the mantra engraved: Om Mani Padme Hum, Avalokitesvara’s mantra. Prayers are also printed on a paper scroll rolled inside the metal cylinder. Very powerful.   Prayer wheels are fixed to the walls of monasteries, grouped around stupas, found in… Continue reading

Buddha, The Spread of Buddhist Art in Asia, Hardbound Book, Japan

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Detail: If you like phenomenal full color Buddhist photos, you will love this 219 page book. Text is in Japanese with English text on all exhibits. Published in a large format (9” x 11”) in 1998, this book has over 150 color plates depicting various Buddha statues… Continue reading

Dehua Porcelain Guardian Deity / Figure, China

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Detail: Many Chinese put this type of statue in the hallways or entrances of their home to guard and bless the family. Solid feeling and smooth are two of the indicators of Dehua porcelain. Dehua is located in the Fujian Province of China and is one… Continue reading

Dvaravati Styled Sandstone Three Faces of Buddha, Thailand

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Detail: Dvaravati refers to a period in Thailand / Siam history, a culture, group of geographical areas and – most important to me – an art style that flourished from the 7th to the 11th Century AD. This piece is hand made and styled in that art period.… 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
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