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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

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

Antique Museum Quality Handcrafted Marble Guanyin.  Kwan-yin. Hardwood Stand.  China

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    Hand-carved marble head of Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion.  The expression is priceless and the headgear / crown with an engraved Buddha is a real bonus.   Acquired from a jeweler in Beverly Hills California who has had it since the 1970s, when he… Continue reading

Ceremonial Phurba.  Mahakala. Hand carved in Boxwood.  Hand polished.  Kathmandu Valley.  Nepal

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    The phurba – aka kila – was and is used as a ritual implement to signify stability on sacred grounds/earth  during ceremonies.   As a tool of exorcism, the kila can hold demons in place . . . binding and pinning down negative energies from the mind… Continue reading

Hand Crafted Carving Monkey King.  Sun Wukong. Xuan Zang.  Boxwood.  Shandong, China

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  The Monkey King – aka Sun Wukong – is a legendary warrior best known as the esotericstuff.com character in the 16th Century novel, “Journey to the West”.  But this warrior’s reputation predates this novel where stories and adaptations can be traced all the way back to the Song… Continue reading

Phenomenal Bronze Garuda Mask.  Hinduism.  Buddhism. Deity. Tibet. Nepal.

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    The mythical deity – Garuda – has a ton of spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism.  In Hinduism, Garuda is most often found mounted on the back of Vishnu, as the god’s protector.   Here the Garuda – with a snake in its beak – symbolizes 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
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