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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

Large 19th Century Lacquerware Alms Box.  Buddhist.  3-Piece.  Designs. Elephants.  Mandalay. Northern Myanmar.  Burma.

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    From Mandalay – the city and royal capital of northern Burma.   Elephants, elephants, elephants . . .  all around and on the bottom.  Elephants are most revered among most animals by Buddhists throughout Southeast Asia . . .and they appear all over this box along… 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 esotericstuff.comland 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
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